Provenance Research

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Abstraction (Head), 1930
Oil on wood panel
24 1/2 x 18 1/4 in. (62.2 x 46.4 cm)
Gift of Thomas C. and Emily F. Adler, 1991.312

Signed and dated lower left: "Picasso 26-I-XXX"

Description: An abstracted head of a woman in profile, facing left. The figure is painted in grisaille in front of a brown background.

Alternate Titles:
Head of a Woman


1930-at least 1931:   Pablo Picasso [1]
By at least 1941:   (Gallery Bignou, New York [2])
Before 1945:   (Theodore Schempp, New York)
By at least 1945-ca. 1952:   Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Adler, Cincinnati, by descent to [3]
Ca. 1952-1991:   Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Adler, given to
1991-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum

[1] The painting was listed as being in the artist's collection in Carl Einstein, Die Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts, Berlin: Im Propyläen Verlag, 1931, no. 341.

[2] Exhibited at the Bignou Gallery, New York, Picasso Early and Late, February 10 to March 1, 1941, no. 8. The gallery has consistently been included in the painting's provenance, thus, it appears to have been owned by the gallery and not simply loaned for the exhibition.

[3] Published as being in the Charles Adler collection in "Cincinnati's New Collectors," Art News, vol. 44, no. 15, November 15-30, 1945, p. 15.

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