Marie-Thérèse Walter, the subject of this sensuous painting, met the artist in 1927, when she was seventeen and he was forty-five. She became his lover and muse soon after. While the female form was not a new subject for Picasso, the flowing, curvilinear style and bright, saturated tones used to depicted Marie-Thérèse are departures from his earlier portrayals of women. By simplifying her voluptuous form into primary shapes, Picasso presents her figure as something resembling an ancient fertility object.
Inscription: Signed in black paint, lower left: Picasso; inscribed and dated on verso in black paint on horizontal stretcher bar left: Boisgeloup / juillet XXXII
the artist, Paris (1932–55; sold in summer 1955, through Sam Kootz, to Rübel); Peter and Elizabeth Rübel, Cos Cob, Conn. and New York (1955–at least 1973; sold to Perls); [Perls Galleries (Klaus G. Perls), New York, after 1973; stock no. 7143]; Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls, New York (until 1997; their gift to MMA)
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