The present work is surely the product of the artistic and romantic vivacity he felt as the two became more deeply involved. Jacqueline was accepting of the notoriously temperamental artist and his obsession with his art, and her unflappable support and willingness to self-sacrifice on the altar of his ego won the artist’s heart. Picasso married her in 1961 and, as William Rubin notes, “Jacqueline’s understated, gentle, and loving personality combined with her unconditional commitment to [Picasso] provided an emotionally stable life and a dependable foyer over a longer period of time than he had ever before enjoyed” (William Rubin quoted in Picasso & Jacqueline, The Evolution of Style (exhibition catalogue), New York, 2014-15, p. 190).
According to the photographer Edward Quinn, whose photographs document Picasso's studio work in the early 1960s, Jacqueline was the driving force behind Picasso's ceaseless and demiurgic production: "His close friends agree that Jacqueline's presence and attention were mainly responsible for Picasso's having remained so active until his death. His outlook on life and his enthusiasm for work helped him defy old age and stay young in mind, and even in body. He liked to be with younger people, and his 'eternal youth' coupled with Jacqueline's adaptability, made the great difference between their ages unimportant" (Edward Quinn & Pierre Daix, The Private Picasso, New York, 1987, p. 291).
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