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Picasso and Marie-Thérèse

Picasso and Marie-Thérèse

Pablo Picasso

In 1927, Picasso—who was in his mid-forties, married, and had a young son—began a clandestine affair with Marie-Thérèse Walter, a young woman of only seventeen. Picasso was drawn to Walter upon first sight, brashly introducing himself to the girl as she emerged from the Métro. He proposed that he paint her portrait; shortly thereafter she came to the studio and their intense relationship began. The artist was drawn to Walter’s flaxen hair, strong sculptural features, and voluptuous and sturdy build (skating, boating, cycling and swimming were some of her favorite pastimes). She quickly became his primary muse—her distinctive features appear in countless works over the next decade. Their torrid and somewhat perverse affair had the effect of freeing Picasso from the analytical, abstracted forms of Cubism and Surrealism to the sensual, energetic, and exploratory figurative work that became his hallmark.

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Faune dévoilant une Dormeuse (Jupiter et Antiope, d'après Rembrandt) (S.V. 27), 1936, Sugarlift aquatint and burin with scraper

You have an interesting face. I would like to do your portrait. I have a feeling we will do great things together.

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Visage de Marie-Thérèse

1928 (probably October, Paris)

Lithograph printed on Japan paper

A proof outside the edition of 75 Signed by the artist in red pencil, lower right Probably printed by Marchizet, 1928 Published by Galerie Percier, Paris Image: 7 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches Sheet: 19 1/8 x 12 inches (Bloch 95) (Baer 243.c.3)

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Pablo Picasso

Le Repos du Minotaure : Champagne et Amante (S.V. 83)

1933 (May 17, Paris)

Etching printed on Montval laid paper with Montgolfier watermark

From the Vollard Suite (S.V. 83), edition of 50 Signed by the artist in pencil, lower right Inscribed "353" in pencil, lower left margin; "190, 353, 19702" in pencil, upper left verso; and other notations Printed by Lacourière, 1939 Published by Vollard, 1939 Image: 7 5/8 x 10 1/2 inches Sheet: 15 1/4 x 19 3/4 inches Framed: 23 3/4 x 30 inches (Bloch 190) (Baer 349.B.c)

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Le Rêve, 1932, oil on canvas ©Private collection

Pablo Picasso

Minotaure caressant du Mufle la Main d'une Dormeuse (S.V. 93)

1933 (June 18.III, Boisgeloup)

Drypoint printed on Montval laid paper with Vollard watermark

From the Suite Vollard (S.V. 93), edition of 260 of the second (final) state Signed by the artist in pencil, lower right Printed by Lacourière, 1939 Published by Vollard, 1939 Image: 11 3/4 x 14 3/8 inches Sheet: 13 1/4 x 17 1/2 inches (Bloch 201) (Baer 369.II.B.d)

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Pablo Picasso

Femme au Fauteuil songeuse, la Joue sur la Main (S.V. 21)

1934 (March 9, Paris)

Engraving printed on laid Montval paper

From the Suite Vollard (S.V. 21), edition of 260 Dated "Paris 9 Mars XXXIV" in plate in reverse, upper right Inscribed "375" in pencil, lower left Estate stamp of Henry Petiet, H.P. S.V. lower right verso Printed by Lacourière, 1939 Published by Vollard, 1939 Image: 11 x 7 7/8 inches Sheet: 17 1/2 x 13 3/8 inches Framed: 22 1/4 x 18 1/2 inches (Bloch 218) (Baer 423)

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©The Times

Pablo Picasso

Marie-Thérèse en Femme Torero

1934 (June 20, Paris)

Etching printed on Montval laid paper with Vollard watermark

From the Suite Vollard (S.V. 22), edition of 260 Inscribed "378/220" in pencil, lower left Inscribed "496097" in pencil, lower right verso Petiet Estate stamp on verso Printed by Lacourière, 1939 Published by Vollard, 1939 Image: 11 5/8 x 9 1/4 inches Sheet: 17 5/8 x 13 5/16 inches (Bloch 220) (Baer 426)

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Pablo Picasso

Faune dévoilant une Dormeuse (Jupiter et Antiope, d'après Rembrandt) (S.V. 27)

1936 (June 12, Paris)

Sugarlift aquatint and burin with scraper printed on Montval laid paper with Montgolfier watermark

From the Suite Vollard (S.V. 27), edition of 50 of the sixth (final) state Signed by artist in pencil, lower right Inscribed "387, BL 230" lower left margin Printed by Lacourière, 1939 Published by Vollard, 1939 Image: 12 1/4 x 16 1/8 inches Sheet: 15 1/4 x 19 3/4 inches Framed: 22 3/4 x 26 1/2 inches (Bloch 230) (Baer 609.VI.B.c)

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© Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London

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Sculpture, Tête de Marie-Thérèse

Pablo Picasso

1933

Drypoint

From the Caisse à remords State XX C.b 1 Stamp signature, lower right Numbered 35/50 in pencil, lower left Image: 12 7/12 x 9 1/8 inches Sheet: 18 3/8 x 14 1/2 inches (Bloch 250) (Baer 288)

Pablo Picasso

Profil sculptural de Marie-Thérèse

1933 (March 7, Paris)

Etching and drypoint printed on Montval laid paper with Picasso watermark

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Pablo Picasso

Muse montrant à Marie-Thérèse pensive son Portrait sculpté

1933 (March 17.III, Paris)

Etching and engraving printed on Montval laid paper with Picasso watermark

One of two or three artist's proofs printed before steelfacing of the seventh (final) state Signed by artist in pencil, lower left Dedicated "Pour Frélaut, Paris le 27 Avril 1942" in pencil, lower right Printed by Lacourière, 1942 Image: 10 1/2 x 7 5/8 inches Sheet: 16 7/8 x 13 1/4 inches Framed: 23 3/4 x 19 1/8 inches (Bloch 257) (Baer 299.VII.A.b)

Pablo Picasso

Femme Torero, I

1934 (June 12, Paris)

Etching printed on Montval paper with Montval watermark

From the edition of 50 Inscribed "mardi 12 juin, Paris XXXIV" in the plate Printed by Lacourière, 1939 Pubished by Vollard, 1939 Image: 19 1/2 x 27 1/8 inches Sheet: 22 1/4 x 30 1/4 inches Framed: 32 1/2 x 39 3/4 inches (Bloch 1329) (Baer 425.C)

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