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Marie-Thérèse Walter

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-Thérèse: 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 Château 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.


Photos

Marie-Thérèse Walter
1927
Marie-Thérèse Walter
1928
Marie-Thérèse Walter (photo by Picasso)
1929
Marie-Thérèse Walter
1929
Marie-Thérèse Walter
1936

Paintings

Pablo Picasso. Maiden Bust (Marie-Therese Walter), 1927
Maiden Bust (Marie-Therese Walter), 1927
Pablo Picasso. Marie-Therese - front and profile, 1931
Marie-Therese - front and profile, 1931
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Marie-Therese Walter, 1932
Portrait of Marie-Therese Walter, 1932
Pablo Picasso. Reading, 1932
Reading, 1932
Pablo Picasso. Head Sculpture [Marie-Therese], 1932
Head Sculpture [Marie-Therese], 1932
Pablo Picasso. Couchee woman (Marie-Therese), 1932
Couchee woman (Marie-Therese), 1932
Pablo Picasso. The yellow belt (Marie-Therese Walter), 1932
The yellow belt (Marie-Therese Walter), 1932
Pablo Picasso. Reading (Marie-Therese), 1932
Reading (Marie-Therese), 1932
Pablo Picasso. Lying naked on a red cushion (Marie-Therese Walter), 1932
Lying naked on a red cushion (Marie-Therese Walter), 1932
Pablo Picasso. Reclining Nude (Marie-Therese), 1932
Reclining Nude (Marie-Therese), 1932
Pablo Picasso. Woman holding a book (Marie-Therese Walter), 1932
Woman holding a book (Marie-Therese Walter), 1932
Pablo Picasso. Woman Sitting Near a Window (Femme Assise Pres d'une Fenetre), 1932
Woman Sitting Near a Window (Femme Assise Pres d'une Fenetre), 1932
Pablo Picasso. Rest (Marie-Therese Walter), 1932
Rest (Marie-Therese Walter), 1932
Pablo Picasso. The sleeper in the mirror (Marie-Thérèse Walter), 1932
The sleeper in the mirror (Marie-Thérèse Walter), 1932
Pablo Picasso. Woman in an armchair, 1932
Woman in an armchair, 1932
Pablo Picasso. Profile female bust, 1932
Profile female bust, 1932
Pablo Picasso. Stilllife with tulips (Nature morte aux tulipes), 1932
Stilllife with tulips (Nature morte aux tulipes), 1932
Pablo Picasso. Rest, 1932
Rest, 1932
Pablo Picasso. Woman sitting with a red hat, 1934
Woman sitting with a red hat, 1934
Pablo Picasso. Woman writing (Marie-Therese Walter), 1934
Woman writing (Marie-Therese Walter), 1934
Pablo Picasso. Woman with red hat (Marie-Therese), 1934
Woman with red hat (Marie-Therese), 1934
Pablo Picasso. Sleeping girl (Sleeping girl), 1935
Sleeping girl (Sleeping girl), 1935
Pablo Picasso. Woman at the window (Marie-Therese), 1936
Woman at the window (Marie-Therese), 1936
Pablo Picasso. Marie-Therese Walter with a hat, 1936
Marie-Therese Walter with a hat, 1936
Pablo Picasso. Mother and Child (Marie-Therese Walter emmitouffle Maya), 1936
Mother and Child (Marie-Therese Walter emmitouffle Maya), 1936
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Marie-Therese Walter, 1936
Portrait of Marie-Therese Walter, 1936
Pablo Picasso. Marie-Therese Walter, 1937
Marie-Therese Walter, 1937
Pablo Picasso. Marie-Therese Walter, 1937
Marie-Therese Walter, 1937
Pablo Picasso. Marie-Therese Walter, 1937
Marie-Therese Walter, 1937
Pablo Picasso. Marie-Therese Walter, 1937
Marie-Therese Walter, 1937
Pablo Picasso. Marie-Therese Walter, 1937
Marie-Therese Walter, 1937
Pablo Picasso. Head of a Woman (Marie-Therese Walter), 1937
Head of a Woman (Marie-Therese Walter), 1937
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Marie-Therese, 1937
Portrait of Marie-Therese, 1937
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Marie-Therese, 1937
Portrait of Marie-Therese, 1937
Pablo Picasso. Woman with a beret and plaid dress (Marie-Therese Walter), 1937
Woman with a beret and plaid dress (Marie-Therese Walter), 1937
Pablo Picasso. Marie-herese with a blue beret [woman portrait], 1937
Marie-herese with a blue beret [woman portrait], 1937
Pablo Picasso. Woman sitting at the window (Marie-Therese), 1937
Woman sitting at the window (Marie-Therese), 1937
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Marie-Therese, 1937
Portrait of Marie-Therese, 1937
Pablo Picasso. Bust of a Woman (Marie-Therese Walter), 1938
Bust of a Woman (Marie-Therese Walter), 1938
Pablo Picasso. Woman and child (Marie-Therese and Maya), 1938
Woman and child (Marie-Therese and Maya), 1938
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of woman in green collar (Marie-Therese Walter), 1938
Portrait of woman in green collar (Marie-Therese Walter), 1938
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Marie-Therese, 1938
Portrait of Marie-Therese, 1938
Pablo Picasso. Head of a Woman (Marie-Therese Walter), 1939
Head of a Woman (Marie-Therese Walter), 1939
Pablo Picasso. Woman reading couchee (Marie-Therese), 1939
Woman reading couchee (Marie-Therese), 1939
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Marie-Therese Walter, 1939
Portrait of Marie-Therese Walter, 1939
Pablo Picasso. Woman head with blond hair (Marie-Therese Walter), 1939
Woman head with blond hair (Marie-Therese Walter), 1939
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Marie-Therese Walter, 1939
Portrait of Marie-Therese Walter, 1939
Pablo Picasso. Portrait of a Woman (Marie-Therese Walter), 1944
Portrait of a Woman (Marie-Therese Walter), 1944

Graphics

Pablo Picasso. Flower-woman (Marie-Therese elongated), 1931
Flower-woman (Marie-Therese elongated), 1931
Pablo Picasso. Front head (Marie-Therese portrait Front), 1934
Front head (Marie-Therese portrait Front), 1934

Sculptures

Pablo Picasso. Head of a Woman, 1932
Head of a Woman, 1932