The Dreamer

Pablo Picasso Spanish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 900

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.

The Dreamer, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France), Oil on canvas

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