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Pablo Picasso

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Pablo Picasso | Spain 1881–1973 | La Belle Hollandaise 1905 | Gouache on cardboard mounted on wood | 77.1 x 65.8cm | Purchased 1959 with funds donated by Major Harold de Vahl Rubin | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © Pablo Picasso, 1905/SUCCESSION PICASSO. Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney 2004

Pablo Picasso, 'La Belle Hollandaise', 1905

Pablo Picasso
Spain 1881-1973
La Belle Hollandaise 1905
Gouache on cardboard mounted on wood
77.1 x 65.8cm
Purchased 1959 with funds donated by Major Harold de Vahl Rubin
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
© Pablo Picasso, 1905/SUCCESSION PICASSO. Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney 2004.

Pablo Picasso

La Belle Hollandaise 1905

Pablo Picasso is renowned for his versatility, imagination and technical brilliance. During his long career he developed many different styles and produced works across the media of painting, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics, as well as theatre costume and set design.

La Belle Hollandaise 1905 was painted during a brief holiday with friends in the Netherlands, before Picasso had become well known. The painting falls between his blue and rose periods, and relates to another painting, Three Dutch girls 1905, held in the Musée National Picasso in Paris.

La Belle Hollandaise depicts a young Dutch girl (reputedly the daughter of the proprietor of the hotel where Picasso stayed) nude, except for a traditional cap.

The archaic serenity and gentle mood of the painting relate to Picasso's rose period but, significantly, the volumetric treatment and statuesque quality of the figure foreshadow the artist's cubist developments and prefigure his classical nudes of the 1920s.