Pablo Picasso

Nude Woman Lying in the Sun on the Beach (1932)

About this artwork

This painting formerly belonged to Picasso's friend Roland Penrose. Penrose became determined to own it after seeing a reproduction of the painting in a magazine and being 'transfixed by that pair of black eyes which seemed to burn through any obstacle.' The theme of bathers on a beach occupies an important place in Picasso's work and recurs frequently. However, this is a particularly sexually aggressive image. The figure has her legs splayed open, while the phallic anchor points suggestively towards her.

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Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

The son of an artist, Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain, and studied at art school in Barcelona. He visited Paris in 1900 and after several extended stays settled there in 1904. Picasso was a hugely prolific and highly influential artist who worked in numerous styles throughout his life. However, it is probably for his cubist paintings that he is known. Their revolutionary treatment of subject matter, whether still life or portrait, is instantly recognisable as being by Picasso. The Gallery of Modern Art has a small, but choice collection of Picasso's work, including a 'Blue Period' painting, a cubist collage, two still life paintings, two drawings, several prints and some notable loans.