Jacqueline with Flowers
Jacqueline avec des fleurs
Oil on canvas
Picasso met Jacqueline Roque at the pottery where she worked. She was 27 and he was 72. He drew doves in chalk on the walls of her house and gave her a rose each day. In 6 months she said yes and they got married in March 1961.
“Jacqueline with Flowers” (1954) is one of the first paintings signifying the beginning of a new period in the maitre’s creative work. A new muse, a new love. The artist’s biographer Antonina Valentin calls her a “modern sphinx”. There is definitely something mythic in this figure with a long neck, a catlike face and a rapier glance of her almond eyes. Jacqueline liked sitting in this position which reappears in her later portraits including those of the “Odalisques” series.
When Picasso first met Jacqueline, he was astonished at her resemblance to one of Delacroix’s “Women of Algiers”, the one holding the hookah. “Eugene Delacroix had already met you,” the artist said. Therefore, it is most likely that it was Picasso’s last muse that inspired the renowned series.
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