Picasso produced Bust of a Woman in 1909, although it is unclear at what point in the year.
According to Tate curator Roger Alley, writing in 1981, sometime in the spring is most likely, which would mean Picasso painted the portrait in his studio on the Boulevard de Clichy, Paris (Alley 1981, p.594).
It is also among the oldest of mediums, dating back more than 31,000 years to prehistoric cave paintings.
Bust of a Woman is an oil painting on canvas by Pablo Picasso.
The portrait is small in size with a dark palette dominated by brown, blue, grey and yellow ochre tones.
However, summer 1909 has also been suggested, in which case Picasso was in Horta de Ebro in Spain (Alley 1981, p.594).
Art historian Christopher Riopelle has noted that from 1906 onwards Picasso ‘set about fashioning a self-consciously brusque and unresolved manner of handling paint’ (Riopelle, ‘Something Else Entirely: Picasso and Cubism 1906–1922’, in Cowling, Galassi, Robbins and others 2009, pp.55–67, p.56).