A Une Dame Que le Poète avait Connue Jeune Fille et Qu’il Revoit Devenue Femme Très Belle (To a Lady the Poet had Known as a Girl and He Sees Again as a Beautiful Woman) from Vingt Poëmes de Góngora

Maker and role
Artist: Pablo Picasso, Spanish, 1881-1973
Author: Luis de Góngora, Spanish, 1561-1627

Object detail

sheet, 15 x 11in (38.1 x 27.9cm)
sheet, open, 15 x 22in (38.1 x 55.9cm)
Credit line
Gift of Mrs. Arthur B. Loder and Museum purchase with the Stella C. Herff Fund
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Further information
Picasso’s Góngora was created during one of the happiest times in the artist’s life. He was well established as one of the most famous and successful artists of his day, living with Françoise Gilot and their two young children in the South of France. Picasso had always been hailed as the spiritual heir of the great Spanish painting tradition, but it was at this time of burgeoning international fame that he was thinking of his origins and heritage. So, when approached to create a livre d’artiste, the poems of Luis de Góngora (1561-1627), the great Spanish Baroque poet and a favorite of Picasso’s, seemed the perfect inspiration. Eight of the twenty sonnets in the suite are love poems, so Picasso produced portraits of beautiful women to introduce each, a nod to his love, Françoise Gilot. He also reproduced his own handwritten transcriptions of each poem to which he added related marginalia.
Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture, a Comprehensive Illustrated Catalogue 1885-1973; Georges Bloch, Picasso Project; 2004; 476-516
Signature & date
Signed on the title page u.c.: Picasso
Inscribed on the colophon page l.c.: 71
Inscribed on the title page u.c.: Pour mon ami André Dubois Paris le 30 Novembre 1948
Publisher details
Les Grands Peintres Modernes et le Livre
Paris, France
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