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Face of Marie-Thérèse

A work made of lithograph in black on ivory japanese paper.
© 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of lithograph in black on ivory japanese paper.

Date:

1928

Artist:

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
printed by Eugene Marchizet
published by Galerie Percier

About this artwork

Among the most iconic subjects in Picasso’s art at this time was Marie-Thérèse Walter (1909–1977). Their affair began in 1927 while Picasso was still with his first wife, Olga Khokhlova, and continued for decades; Picasso frequently focused on the sensual and athletic aspects of her body in his imagery. He conveyed Walter’s classical features in this lithograph, initially created for the frontispiece of a book and then later issued on its own. Walter described their first encounter: “He took me to his studio. He looked at me, he seduced me. He kept looking at my face. When I left he said, ‘Come back tomorrow.’ And then afterwards it was always ‘tomorrow.’”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Pablo Picasso

Title

Face of Marie-Thérèse

Place

Spain (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1928

Medium

Lithograph in black on ivory Japanese paper

Dimensions

Sheet: 44.3 × 33 cm (17 1/2 × 13 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Walter S. Brewster

Reference Number

1952.1189

Copyright

© 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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