|Portrait of Suzanne Bloch|
|Pablo Picasso, 1904|
|Oil on canvas|
|65 × 54 cm|
|São Paulo Museum of Art, São Paulo|
Portrait of Suzanne Bloch is a painting by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, executed in Paris in 1904, towards the end of his blue period. Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso (October 25 1881 &ndash April 8 1973 Oil painting is the process of painting with Pigments that are bound with a medium of Drying oil — especially in early modern Europe Linseed oil The São Paulo Museum of Art (in Portuguese Museu de Arte de São Paulo, or MASP) is an important fine-art museum located on Paulista Avenue São Paulo ( is the largest city in Brazil, with its metropolitan area ranking among the largest urban areas in the world Spain () or the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España is a country located mostly in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso (October 25 1881 &ndash April 8 1973 The Blue Period (Periodo Azul of Picasso is the period between 1900 and 1904 when he painted essentially monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green The subject, Suzanne Bloch, was a singer known for her Wagner interpretations, and the sister of the violinist Henri Bloch. 
A luminary in the Parisian sets frequented by Picasso at the beginning of the 20th century, Suzanne Bloch was a Wagnerian singer and the sister of the violinist Henri Bloch. Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso (October 25 1881 &ndash April 8 1973 The twentieth century of the Common Era began on She was introduced to the Spanish artist by the French poet Max Jacob, in 1904, and she sat for a portrait by Picasso in his studio at 13 rue Ravignan in Paris, between the late spring and early summer of that year. Max Jacob ( July 12, 1876 &ndash March 5, 1944) was a French Poet, painter, Writer, and critic Year 1904 ( MCMIV) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year starting on A portrait is a painting, photograph, Sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person in which the face and its expression is predominant Paris (ˈpærɨs in English; in French) is the Capital of France and the country's largest city  A pen and ink sketch heightened with gouache, and signed and dated by Picasso, preceded the oil painting; it is now conserved at the Neubury Coray collection, in Ascona, Switzerland. Pen and ink refers to a technique of drawing or writing in which colored (this includes black Ink is applied to paper using a Pen or other Stylus. A sketch (from Ancient Greek σχέδιος - schedios “‘made suddenly off-hand’” from σχεδιάζω - schediazo “‘to do a Gouache, Pronounced "Gouash" (from the Italian guazzo, "water paint splash" or bodycolor (the term preferred by art historians Ascona is a municipality in the district of Locarno in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland. Switzerland (English pronunciation; Schweiz Swiss German: Schwyz or Schwiiz Suisse Svizzera Svizra officially the Swiss Confederation .
The portrait in oils has been described by Luiz Marques, professor of art history at Unicamp, as exemplary of "the blue period, to which it fully belongs. Oil painting is the process of painting with Pigments that are bound with a medium of Drying oil — especially in early modern Europe Linseed oil Universidade Estadual de Campinas (State University of Campinas short Unicamp, is one of the public universities of the State of São Paulo, " It has been called the last important work of the blue period, although Palau i Fabre says that it is "difficult to date and determine the stage of transition from one period to the other—which in any case was not a sudden shift but a gently nuanced, though intermittent, progress".  In a similar vein, Denys Chevalier has written: "Any attempt . . . to date the blue period too precisely can only lead to errors". 
The painting, fully imbued with a somber, melancholy aura, is rendered in monochromatic shades, varying from blue to blue-green, with the sporadic presence of warmer tones. Monochromatic colors are all the hues (tints tones and shades of a single color Blue is a Colour, the Perception of which is evoked by Nevertheless, it is possible to notice that the painting already announces some characteristics of a future transition in the Spanish painter’s pictorial style, foreshadowing cubism. Cubism was a 20th century Avant-garde Art movement, pioneered by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, that revolutionized European In the words of Camesasca, quoted by Marques: “[…] this portrait is marked by the emergence of a reflection about the plastic-chromatic structure of Cézanne’s works, in the scope of a 'post-impressionism, already absorbed in the problems which will make the art explode. '”
The painting belonged to Suzanne Bloch, and was sold by her heirs after her death. The Thannhauser Gallery, Munich sold the painting ca. The Thannhauser Galleries originated in Munich in autumn 1909 when Heinrich Thannhauser (1859-1934 decided to quit his former partner Franz Josef Brakl and installed 1916 to Sally Falk, Mannheim, but his collection was already dispersed in 1919, under the supervision of the Paul Cassirer Gallery, Berlin, and Picasso's Lady without hat, blue portrait was acquired by Mechthild Princess Lichnowsky, who kept it at her private collection in London. Mechtilde Lichnowsky was a German author married to Karl Max Fürst von Lichnowsky, 6th Prince and 8th Count Lichnowsky (1860-1928 who succeeded his father in 1901 and served London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. From the English capital, the painting went to Lugano, in Switzerland, where it was hold in the private collection of the Biber family. Lugano ( Latin language: Luganum) is a town (52993 inhabitants a total of 130000 people in the agglomeration in the south of Switzerland, in the Switzerland (English pronunciation; Schweiz Swiss German: Schwyz or Schwiiz Suisse Svizzera Svizra officially the Swiss Confederation The painting remained on deposit at the National Gallery of Art, in Washington between 1942 and 1946. This article is about the National Gallery of the United States for other National Galleries see National Gallery. Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D Year 1942 ( MCMXLII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. In the following year, it was acquired by the São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP), with financial resources donated by Walter Moreira Salles, founder of Unibanco. The São Paulo Museum of Art (in Portuguese Museu de Arte de São Paulo, or MASP) is an important fine-art museum located on Paulista Avenue Walter Moreira Salles ( Pouso Alegre, May 28, 1912 – Petrópolis, 2001 was a highly successful Brazilian Banker, Unibanco is the third largest privately-owned Bank in Brazil.
On December 20, 2007 the painting was stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art. Events 69 - Vespasian, formerly a general under Nero, enters Rome to claim the title of Emperor. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The São Paulo Museum of Art (in Portuguese Museu de Arte de São Paulo, or MASP) is an important fine-art museum located on Paulista Avenue Around five o’clock in the morning, three men invaded the museum and took away Picasso's Portrait of Suzanne Bloch and Portinari's O lavrador de café  from the museum collection. Candido Portinari ( December 29, 1903 - February 6, 1962) was one of the most important Brazilian painters and also a prominent A Museum is distinguished by a collection of often unique objects that forms the core of its activities for exhibitions Education, Research The whole action took about three minutes.
The paintings, which are listed as Brazilian National Heritage by IPHAN,, remained missing until January 8, 2008, when they were recovered in Ferraz de Vasconcelos by the Police of São Paulo. Events 871 - Battle of Ashdown - Ethelred of Wessex defeats a Danish invasion army 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Ferraz de Vasconcelos is a suburban municipality in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. The Polícia Militar do Estado de São Paulo ( São Paulo State Military Police) is a law enforcement agency ( Polícia Militar) in the state of São Paulo The paintings were returned, undamaged, to the São Paulo Museum of Art.  The estimated value of the works was US$ 55 million, with the portrait alone valued at US$ 50 million. 
The painting was exhibited at the Thannhauser Gallery in Berlin, in 1913; at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires, in 1939; at the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, in 1940; at the famous exhibition From Cézanne to Picasso, in Los Angeles (1941); at the exhibition A Nova Pintura Francesa, in Rio de Janeiro (1949); at the Museu Picasso in Barcelona and at the Kunstmuseum in Berne, both in 1992; and at the Picasso retrospective, at the Musée Picasso, in Paris, carried out in 1994. The Thannhauser Galleries originated in Munich in autumn 1909 when Heinrich Thannhauser (1859-1934 decided to quit his former partner Franz Josef Brakl and installed Berlin is the capital city and one of sixteen states of Germany. Year 1913 ( MCMXIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common The National Museum of Fine Arts ( MNBA) is an Argentine art museum in Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is the Capital and largest city of Argentina. It is geographically located on the southern shore of the Río de la Plata, on the southeastern Year 1939 ( MCMXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The MH de Young Museum (commonly called de Young Museum) is a Fine arts Museum located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city Year 1940 ( MCMXL) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West Year 1941 ( MCMXLI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (the link will display 1941 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Rio de Janeiro ("River of January" ˈhiw dʒi ʒʌˈnejɾu in Brazilian Portuguese, /ˈriːoʊ di ʒəˈnɛroʊ/ in English is the second largest city of Brazil Year 1949 ( MCMXLIX) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. This article refers to the museum in Barcelona. There are a number of other Picasso museums. Barcelona ( Catalan bəɾsəˈlonə Spanish baɾθeˈlona is the capital and most populous city of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia The city of Berne or Bern (, Berne, Berna, Romansh: Berna, Bernese German: Bärn) is the Bundesstadt ( Federal Year 1992 ( MCMXCII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar) This article refers to the museum in Paris. There are a number of other Musée Picasso. Paris (ˈpærɨs in English; in French) is the Capital of France and the country's largest city Year 1994 ( MCMXCIV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar)