WEEPING WOMAN WITH HANDKERCHIEF; Pablo Picasso; 12 th century; 753357


Riverstone Museum Collections



About this object

Picasso explored themes in his own life and the world around him. In 1937 Picasso executed his mammoth antiwar canvas Guernica , a protest to the carnage of the Spanish Civil War. After Picasso completed Guernica he abandoned all but one of its motifs: the weeping woman. He drew her frequently, almost obsessively, for the next several months. Tears all over her face, the figure in Weeping Woman with Handkerchief is an emblem of despair. Yet crowned with the traditional matronly mantilla, she is also the embodiment of Spanish womanhood. She represented Picasso's public and private agony: She was the victim of war, the grieving mother, the terrified peasant, the stunned survivor; but more specifically, she was a portrait of his lover, the artist-photographer Dora Maar, one in a long line of Picasso's muses. Picasso's dramatic relationships with women informed the metaphors he used to express the intensity of his feelings over events in Spain.


Pablo Picasso

Maker Role


Portfolio Title

Pablo Picasso paintings Image file

Date Made

12 th century


Mughal period

Medium and Materials

fine ancient paint and linen cloth

Place Made


Place Notes

Not applicable


21 x 17 1/2 in. (53.34 x 44.45 cm) Frame: 29 × 25 1/2 × 2 in. (73.66 × 64.77 × 5.08 cm)

Subject and Association Description

Pablo Picasso, “Weeping Woman with Handkerchief,” Demo Collection presented by Riverstone , accessed June 21, 2016, http://riverstonetech.com/museum/items/show/15.

Object Type

Media Image File

Object number


Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

Elias 21 Jun 2016 05:11 AM,UTC

Yasum! How much is this art? I want to make an offer...

This object is from


Include tags such as place names, people, dates, events and colours. Use commas to separate multiple tags. e.g. Pablo Picasso, Madrid, red, 1930s.


eHive copyright disclaimer

It is the responsibility of the eHive Account Holder to gain copyright clearance for any images or content published on eHive. If you are concerned about the copyright status for any content in eHive or would like more information on using or ordering copies of content, please contact the Account Holder of that content. For further information see our Copyright Claims page.