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July 03, 2013

MISSOULA – Pablo Picasso’s “Head of a Woman/Tete de femme” is on display at the University of Montana President’s Office reception area in Main Hall through Aug. 22. The 1903 painting is on loan to the Montana Museum of Art & Culture through a private collection.

“Tete de femme” is from Picasso’s Blue Period, a style that emerged around 1900 and lasted to 1904, coinciding with the artist’s move to Paris. The Blue Period is typified by heavy black lines and somber shades of blue and green. Paintings from the Blue Period depict the poorest residents of the Montmartre district and at the time they were created, brought Picasso little success. However, they are now considered among his most popular works.

Following the tradition of French Symbolist painters such as Odilon Redon and Puvis de Chavannes, Picasso used color to convey emotional qualities. His Blue Period works were influenced by his depression and the suicide of his friend Carlos Casagemas.

“Tete de femme” was first owned by the poet Guillaume Apollinaire, who championed the new art of Cubism and whose poems ushered in Modernity.

“We hope many campus visitors take this very special opportunity to see these Picassos in our summer tribute to one of the most important artists of the last century,” said Barbara Koostra, director of the MMAC.

For more information call MMAC at 406-243-2019 or visit the museum’s website at


Note to media: Digital images of the painting and lithographs are available. To request a copy, call Shawn Whitworth at 406-243-2019 or email







Contact: Brandon Reintjes, curator of art, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, 406-243-2019,