PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION
Galerie Française, Munich (acquired from the above in 2001)
Acquired from the above in 2002
The Picasso Project, ed., Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawing and Sculpture. The Sixties II, 1964-1967, San Francisco, 2002, no. 65-077, illustrated p. 172
The synergy between the artist and model was one of profound complexity, "the more Picasso painted this theme, the more he pushed the artist-model relationship towards its ultimate conclusion: the artist embraces his model, cancelling out the barrier of the canvas and transforming the artist-model relationship into a man-woman relationship. Painting is an act of love, according to Gert Schiff, and John Richardson speaks of 'sex as metaphor for art, and art as a metaphor for sex" (M.-L. Bernadac, 'Picasso 1953-1972: Painting as Model', in Late Picasso (ex. cat.), Tate Gallery, London, 1988, p. 77).
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