De Erdely versus Picasso

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TITLE: Portrait of a Woman
ARTIST: Francis De Erdely
WORK DATE: circa 1940
COLLECTION: Weiss Gallery

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TITLE: Femme aux bras croisés (Woman with Crossed Arms)
ARTIST: Pablo Picasso
WORK DATE: circa 1901
The Blue period represents the Picasso "most extensive experimentation with monochromes, and the present painting, one of the most outstanding works in this group, offers and extraordinary poignant portrayal of soulful introspection." Picasso acknowledged that his Blue period "was precipitated by his confrontation with and contemplation of death."