Photo © The Estate of Madeleine Chalette Lejwa / by Kevin Ryan, New York
Pablo Picasso
Born Spain, active Spain and France, 1881–1973
Reclining Nude
1964
Oil on canvas
130.2 x 197.5 cm
The Arthur and Madeleine Chalette Lejwa Collection, bequeathed by Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
© 2005 Estate Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession number: B99.1435
 
 
In the final twenty years of his life, Picasso painted many odalisques – female figures resembling the denizens of a harem. The model for these late works was Jacqueline Roque, the woman who would become his second wife in 1961. The artist’s perception of Jacqueline’s features as strikingly Oriental probably contributed to his habitual depiction of her in the pose of an odalisque – here with a direct, forthright gaze.

Publications:
Apter-Gabriel, Ruth (Ed.), The Arthur and Madeleine Chalette Lejwa Collection in the Israel Museum, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2005
Kamien-Kazhdan, Adina (ed.), Modernism in Dialogue: 20th-Century Painting and Sculpture in the Israel Museum, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2010

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: Ms. Joan Lessing, New York and Jerusalem