In April 1907 Fernanda brought Raymonda, a 13-year-old girl from the nearby orphanage, to Bateau-Lavoir. The daughter of a prostitute, abandoned by her mother, the girl had stayed for a while under the care of a journalist until he threw her out explaining his act by her "lack of aptitude for music."
This is one of the portraits of Raymonda, which Picasso managed to draw during the three months the girl stayed with them. Upon finding in the studio pictures wherein Raymonda was posing nude, Fernanda sent her back to the orphanage. This happened to be one of the reasons for a temporary rift between Fernanda and Pablo.
I really liked your article, but please, how do you know the month (April) and the age of little Raymonde (13 years). I have another year (10 years) do you have official documents.
Thank you for your answer. 12 May
12 recent comments
21 May Roberto Dantas Araújo wrote: 'Onde se localiza atualmente este auto retrato de Picasso com 90 anos de 1972 realizado a
lápis de cera?'
21 May Steve Wirth wrote: 'Is the patient really his sister? Look carefully. There are male features. I read somewhere the patient is the father of the child, both beggars which Picasso paid a tiny fee to model?'
20 May stephen andras from Texas wrote: 'I believe I might have come across an early oil painting by Picasso. It is oil painting signed P. Ruiz Picasso “98”
It is a painting on a church alongside a still body of water. Very realistic which was his style at that time - he would have been 17 years old. How could I find the location of this painting ?'
12 May Elva from Texas wrote: 'I really liked your article, but please, how do you know the month (April) and the age of little Raymonde (13 years). I have another year (10 years) do you have official documents.
Thank you for your answer.'
11 May lu from Texas wrote: 'Unlike the real thing, the color is too red.'
09 April kresa from Texas wrote: 'Sorry, isn't that an older portrait? are you sure about 1901?'
27 March Ralph from Somewhere in the USA wrote: 'He did a painting called Science and Charity. His father and sister Lola were his models. Lola was shown sick in bed. Pablo’s father posed as the doctor at her bedside. The painting was very realistic in style. It won a prize at an exhibit in Madrid. Pablo beat some of the best artists in Spain!'
16 March Adolph Blaine Charles from Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogery wrote: 'This is a wonderful artwork, highly enjoyable to decipher the meaning.
11 March Tabisa Mbeki from Lusikisiki wrote: 'I am impressed with this painting, it grabbed my attention and I wish I can read more history about it.'
27 February Yukiko from New York wrote: 'This reminds me of ancient Egypt. Looking very traditional.'
23 February Sonia from Australia wrote: 'What are the original dimensions of Maternity by Picasso?'
31 January Tomad from San Francisco wrote: 'What is the white object on the table? Next to the blue coffee pot.'