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Did Pablo Picasso Really Paint ‘Nude Woman in a Red Armchair’ in One Day?


The 1929 painting Nude Woman in a Red Armchair stands as one of legendary artist Pablo Picasso’s most renowned pieces, serving as a remarkable part of the painter and sculptor’s series of portraits of Marie-Thérèse Walter.

Created at Picasso’s countryside territory at Boisgeloup, the painting was believed to have been have been created in a single day. Now, the conservation crew that works with Tate have put together a thorough investigation and breakdown of the painting’s creation. Using modern technology and their own studio, the Tate team explain the process behind Nude Woman in a Red Armchair via a new vignette.

As the video’s official description explains, the endeavor brings to light “some interesting discoveries about Picasso’s technique and use of paint.”

You can check out Tate’s investigation of Pablo Picasso’s Nude Woman in a Red Armchair above.