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"Head of a Woman" - A sculpture by Pablo Picasso

“Head of a Woman (Fernande)” was conceived in the fall of 1909 after Picasso’s return from Horta de Ebro, a Spanish Village where he had spent the summer with his companion, Fernande Olivier.

Between the spring of 1909 and the winter of 1910, Picasso created numerous portraits of Fernande in a variety of media. This period was also of enormous significance to the development of cubism, a fact that places the subject of Olivier at the heart of this upheaval in the history of twentieth-century art. “Head of a Woman (Fernande)” is the only sculpture from this period of cubism, and the first example of sculpture in Picasso’s work that reflects serious formal experimentation.