Marie-Thèrése Walter, one of Picasso’s favourite muses, is depicted on this big portrait, he had secret intimate relations with her while he was married to Russian ballet dancer Olga Khokhlova. Rounded delicate lines, so typical of portraits of Marie, are contrasting here with the precisely drawn cross of the window frame. Muted but fresh colours show the romantic mood of the painter in love. The girl lowered her eyes and is writing something in her diary.
They got acquainted in a picture gallery in Paris. He just grabbed her hand and said: “I’m Picasso! We’ll do great deeds!” They started meeting secretly. Strident and fanciful Surrealism that reigned on his pictures then was gradually replaced by soft femininity, rounded sensitivity and delicate eroticism. However, Marie herself appears on his canvases only several years later. In 1935 their daughter Maya was born, and Olga Khokhlova left the painter.
Lyrical Surrealism of the early 1930s, when mostly Marie is depicted, is one of the peaks of the painter’s creative work and the priceless contribution into the history of arts of the 20th century.
Sold June 19, 2017 at Sotheby's London for £27 million
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.'
25 March Cosma from Germany wrote: ':) Look at this great picture and smile. GO PAINTIG NOT WAR'
24 February Vic from Melbourne wrote: 'Can't believe Picasso made a sculpture of Ye himself'
12 February Alan from Rochester wrote: 'Anybody know in what museum or collection HEAD OF A WOMAN WITH BLUE HAT RED RIBBON
(Tête de femme au chapeau bleu a ruban rouge), 1939 is located?'
10 February Micheal Scott from Rochester wrote: 'This says a lot about our society.'
24 January Per Hansen from Hawley, PA wrote: 'French to English translation is incorrect for painting labeled "Man leans hands across has table", 1916.
Correct translation: Man with hands crossed leaning on a table'