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
© Sucession Picasso/Copyright Agency
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
Late 19th & early 20th Century Paintings & Decorative Arts Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
About this work

In 1937 Picasso painted Guernica, a large mural that represented the trauma of war and the bombing of Guernica, Spain, during the Second World War. Picasso’s Weeping women compositions of the same year share a common stark motif with Guernica – that of a woman’s grief laid bare. In Guernica she is a woman who screams uncontrollably and attempts to escape the bombing. In Weeping woman her raw grief and emotion are apparent. Picasso’s complex relationships involving his former wife Olga Kokhlova and concurrent new lovers Marie-Thérèse Walter and Dora Maar have also been read into Weeping woman.

Subjects (general)
Abstract Art Emotions and Mental States Human Figures
Subjects (specific)
busts (general, figures) crying (weeping) flat (form attributes) green colours grief handkerchiefs tear (secretion) women (female humans)