Seated woman (Marie-Therese), 1937
Oil on canvas
Picasso painted this the same year as Guernica. It was a prolific
year for him, to say the least. The influence of his young muse had
reinvigorated him. Marie-Therese was 17. They even had a daughter
together. He was still married to Olga. When Picasso fell in love with
another mistress, Dora Maar, Marie-Therese teemed with jealousy. Four
years after Picasso died in 1977 Marie-Therese hung herself.
Pictured here, in 1937, is his mistress depicted tenderly, but
monstrously. Picasso has borrowed patterns from his harlequin series,
where he saw himself as a sinister trickster.