This picture was painted shortly before the exhibition of Picasso’s works in Galeries Georges Petit in Paris in 1932. It was then that the artist decided to open up for the first time and exhibited a few works glorifying his paramour Marie Therese Walter and demonstrating quite a different kind of arts. He met Marie in 1927 and hid his affair for all those years. The girl appeared in his paintings at times only - with delicate hints, barely noticeable details only Picasso’s wife, Olga, was able to see through.
Marie is often painted sleeping or having rest in these works; her prominent Grecian profile is always emphasized, and her athletic build embodies health and fullness of life. Sculpturesque forms are highlighted with smooth lines, and a wealth of clear and contrast colors saturate the image with emotions.
A concept of “a muse” was always quite concrete for Picasso; it was palpable and often embodied in a certain woman. Strong feelings inspired the artist for great creative breakthroughs that had enough energy to make new ideas bloom like flowers. When Pablo met Marie, his spirit of surreal experimenting of the later 1920’s was transfigured into an absolutely new style with his new muse - a harmonious, sensual and very intimate one.
---sold for $36,920,500 at Sotheby’s (14 May 2018)---
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.'