Collection Online
oil on canvas
55.2 × 46.2 cm
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased by donors of The Art Foundation of Victoria, with the assistance of the Jack and Genia Liberman family, Founder Benefactor, 1986
© Pablo Picasso/Succession Pablo Picasso. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
Gallery location
Late 19th & early 20th Century Paintings & Decorative Arts Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
The Weeping women compositions of late 1937 belong to what have been termed the ‘postscripts’ of Picasso’s famous painting Guernica. The common stark motif in these disturbing images, that of a woman’s grief laid bare for public scrutiny, derived from the figure at the far left of the Guernica mural – a woman who screams uncontrollably and attempts vainly to escape the bombing, grasping her dead child to her chest. Aspects of Picasso’s turbulent love life have also been read into Weeping woman – a complex web of relationships involving his former wife Olga Koklova, and concurrent new lovers Marie-Thérèse Walter and Dora Maar.