Suite Vollard, 1939, Paris: Marie-Therese Looking at Her Effigy As a Surrealist Sculpture

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
May 4, 1933
10-1/2 x 7-3/4 in. (26.7 x 19.7 cm) 
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The Norton Simon Foundation 
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Marie-Thérèse Walter (1909–1977) walked into Picasso’s life as a teenager in the late 1920s. Her blond hair, full chin and blue eyes subtly began to populate his work, subversively reflecting the couple’s clandestine affair. By the early 1930s, Picasso had drawn from her features a kind of sexualized, surrealist inspiration, and her sweeping curves and casual sensuality prompted a number of paintings, drawings and even sculpture, culminating in his great, colorful canvases of 1932. In this etching, Walter is represented by a simple, unmodulated line. In Suite Vollard, in which she stares at a surrealist representation of herself, Walter becomes the embodiment of a classical statue, as her pose and features, coupled with the reduction of her form, recall a meaningful art-historical past.

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