Acquired from the above in 1972
Rafael Alberti, A Year of Picasso, Paintings: 1969, New York, 1971, no. 151, illustrated p. 148
The Picasso Project, ed., Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture: The Sixties III 1968-1969, San Francisco, 2003, no. 69-566, illustrated p. 293
Themes of sex and passion would appear in many guises throughout Picasso's final years, such as the virile musketeers and pipe-smoking brigadiers entangled in romantic encounters with women, or the relationship between the painter and his model as depicted in the studio. The artist's choice of an brothel theme here reflects his life-long admiration of the works of Degas, whose scenes of maisons closes were a potent source of inspiration for Picasso's art (fig. 1).
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