The image of Marie-Therese brought an embodiment of femininity to the period of surrealism in Picasso’s art, it’s a kind of “a period within the period”. Tense and broken were replaced by round ones. A feminine body looked bouncy and soft at the same time, while a vivid color offered a contrast to smooth contours. It’s particularly obvious in paintings inspired by Marie’s image, such as The Dream, Woman with a Flower, Nude in a Black Chair, Mirror, Girl before a Mirror. The majority of pictures featuring Marie followed a rhythm of the lullaby, intoxicating swing of paints; they are suffused with sensuousness. It reflects Picasso’s attitude to Marie-Th?r?se: there was no hint of equality. She was neither a life partner, nor a wife, but an object of desire, a beautiful toy of the artist.
Marie’s lively spirits, amicable and merry nature allowed her to put up with her role in Pablo’s life. In June 1930 Picasso bought Ch?teau de Boisgeloup in Normandy that served him as a studio and was a home for Marie-Therese. There the artist created multiple sculptures of her.
12 recent comments20 December
Jason wrote: 'So I'm an art collector who's stumped. I have a lithograph I can't find anywhere on the internet. I have a large litho ( around 28" tall 23" wide) of Picasso's Mother Child 4 hands study but it's different than any other I've found. Fist off, it's a 3 color litho. It's also on Montvall laid paper on board. The print definitely has age to it but obviously no way to tell how old. I have looked for various water marks but haven't found any. Being laid paper on board makes it difficult. I had originally thought it may be printed in France by La Photolithography L Delaporte. Basically because the size was about the same and the 3 print colors were the same. However, the Mother Child litho doesn't have the information located at the bottom margin of the print like others I've seen. So after all that any thoughts?
' 16 December
luis from Usa wrote: 'Wow nice and where is the original signed
' 02 November
samarrajo from levenmouth wrote: 'the measurements of the painting are 163.7cm x 132.1cm making the bread, fruit and table almost life size. A nice detail to add into an art and design exam :)
' 19 October
Front side tail from levenmouth wrote: 'i think the artwork should be abeled to be viewed from all side :(((
' 21 September
Pascal from New York wrote: 'Like everything, you must study or practice to appreciate. If you have eaten burgers and pizza your whole life, it may be difficult to appreciate sushi.
' 16 July
steve from USA wrote: 'Breathtaking as everything he's ever done. Rich vibrant colors and sharp visceral angles. Picasso is a master
' 28 June
Nikolai from Switzerland wrote: 'The painting is certainly impressive, to say the least. But what has always struck me as curious is that none of Picasso's other works from this period are anywhere near as accomplished as this painting. It is a well known fact that at one time it was a common practice in teaching painting, for the master to repaint areas of the student's work. In the case of this painting, I cannot help but wonder how much of it might have actually been painted by Picasso's father.
' 14 June
Ricardo Lapin from Switzerland wrote: 'How much perversion to treat a couple as if they were an object (a model, "muse", etc.) and be indifferent to painting their suffering over and over again, for years without doing anything to help her.
' 24 May
byats wurnt from Switzerland wrote: 'I think, when dealing with an abstract piece, one must take an approach similar to reading.
On the right, I can see buildings, a staple of modern life.
Warm colours, may indicate heat?
There's a curtain on the left harlequin.
Now we just have to make sense of it.
' 15 May
Wong Tsz Hang from Switzerland wrote: 'The drawings are confusing, there are many colours mixed together and don't know what it is. And it looks unusual.
' 23 April
Santiago from San Diego wrote: 'Did Picasso ever draw some daises white and yellow on a window sill?
' 30 March
Cassandra from Scandinavia wrote: 'This in intruiguing, I am researching this painting for a school project.