Portrait of Jacqueline Leaning on Her Elbows

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Linocut, Edition of 50, No. 14 
comp: 25-1/4 x 21 in. (64.1 x 53.3 cm); sheet: 29-1/2 x 24-1/2 in. (74.9 x 62.2 cm) 
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Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon 
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Images of Jacqueline Roque (1927–1986), Picasso’s second wife, dominate the final stage of the artist’s career and constitute the largest group of portraits in the Spaniard’s oeuvre. Picasso represented her visage again and again over two decades, covering a range of styles, from simply realistic to exceedingly abstract. When Picasso met Roque in 1952, the artist had just turned 70, and because of the energy required for oil painting was high, he often executed her portraits in drawings and prints. The selection shown here, created within a four-year period, points to the variety of Picasso’s artistic approaches. The bold, fractured lines and color, the classical profile pose, the reductive line drawing, the sitter’s costuming as a beloved Spanish character, the long nose and high cheekbones—all transformed through the endlessly variegated hand of the artist—serve as a summary of the constantly shifting methods Picasso employed throughout his epic eighty year career.

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