Mlle Leonie on a Chaise Longue, Plate III in "Saint Matorel" by Max Jacob

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
1910, summer, Cadaques or Paris
Etching, scraper and drypoint. 3rd state, on Van Gelder paper 
plate: 7-7/8 x 5-5/8 in. (20.0 x 14.3 cm) 
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Norton Simon Art Foundation 
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At the height of his interest in Cubism, Pablo Picasso applied his radical spatial experiments to all of his work, regardless of medium or subject matter. Here Picasso illustrates a scene from Saint Matorel, a novel by Max Jacob that positioned the author as a leader among modernist writers. The story expounds on Jacob’s complex religious experience (he was born a Jew, and converted to Catholicism). Picasso depicts a barely discernible Mlle. Léonie—the wife of protagonist Victor Matorel. During his analytic Cubist period, as shown here, Picasso was at his most abstract, dissolving representational subject matter into an unrecognizable gnarl of zigzagging lines. Though Picasso shortly moved on from this style, the four illustrations made for Jacob’s novel were shown at the second Blue Rider exhibition in Munich, where Paul Klee and Vassily Kandinsky, among others, were likely to have been inspired by their near-abstraction.

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