Les femmes d'Alger are Picasso's greatest achievement in the decades following the end of the Second World War. They represent his perception of an historical genre, for which his treatment is both respectful and playful.
The impact of the entire group is greater than the sum of its parts, while each of the individual canvases is varied and uniquely characterful. Some are as fine as Picasso ever painted. Picasso altered his approach between paintings steeped in color, and those rendered en grisaille.
Picasso, “Les Femmes d'Alger”, (Version F)
Pablo Picasso, Les femmes dAlger, version I
38-1/8 x 51-1/8 in. (96.8 x 129.9 cm)