Woman Asleep at a Table

Pablo Picasso Spanish

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The ovoid shape of Marie-Thérèse Walter’s resting head and the simplification of her features recall the heaviness of sleep, as seen in Brancusi’s Sleeping Muse. Picasso moved his lover Marie-Thérèse and their one-year-old daughter, Maya, to a country house outside Paris in autumn 1936. Although he frequently depicted Marie-Thérèse asleep, this work may also reflect the sweet exhaustion of the new mother, as well as the perplexity of the fifty-five-year-old father: when Picasso painted this canvas, he had already met Dora Maar, his new lover.

Woman Asleep at a Table, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France), Oil and charcoal on canvas

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