Sale: Christie's, London, June 26, 1989, lot 63
Private Collection (acquired at the above sale)
Acquired from the above in 1993
The Picasso Project, Picasso’s Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture, The Fifties II, 1956-1959, San Francisco, 2000, no. 59-121, illustrated p. 309
While Richardson notes the many references to Spanish nobility in Picasso's Vauvenargues paintings, the present work also makes clear reference to the more biographical details of the artist's life with Jacqueline, who appears here in profile. The couple had met a few years earlier at the Madoura pottery workshop Vallauris, where Jacqueline was employed. She had endeared herself to the artist at the end of his relationship with Françoise Gilot, ultimately becoming the companion who would stay with him for the remainder of his life. The large pitcher here, presumably the vessel holding the sangria which appears in the glass on the table, is perhaps a reference to the couple's early courtship in Vallauris.
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