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Woman with Loaves

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973
Together with his companion Fernande Olivier, Picasso spent the summer of 1906 in Gósol, a village located in an isolated area in the Pyrenees mountains of northeastern Spain. Olivier would later remember it as a place where they had a chance to live in pure simplicity.
In this portrayal of Olivier as a Gósol village woman, Picasso invokes a feeling of timelessness through his choice of subject and through his style, which looks back to a historically remote artistic source. Olivier’s rigidity and stance relate to a sculpture of the Virgin Mary made in Gósol in the 1100s.

Object Details
With Ambroise Vollard, Paris (from the artist), c. 1907-c. 1920; Caussignac, c. 1920; with Marie Harriman Gallery and Paul Guillaume, 1930 [1]; sold to Charles E. Ingersoll (1860-1932), Philadelphia, who purchased it as a gift for the PMA, January 21, 1931 [2].1. Purchased from Caussignac jointly by Harriman and Guillaume. For the preceding provenance information see letter by Margaret Gise of Marie Harriman Gallery to Fiske Kimball dated February 24, 1931 (original in registrar file). 2. Copy of receipt in curatorial file (original in registrar file). On the circumstances of Ingersoll's acquisition of the painting for the PMA, see George and Mary Roberts, Triumph on Fairmount: Fiske Kimball and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia and New York, 1959, p. 126.

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