- Pablo Picasso
- Trois personnages (recto) & Cinq personnages (verso): A Double-Sided Drawing
- Signed Picasso (lower left); dated 20.9.72. (upper left); dated 184.108.40.206.24.24. (on the verso)
- Felt-tip pen on card (recto); watercolor, wash and brush and ink on card (verso)
Private Collection (acquired from the above in 1989 and sold: Christie's, London, February 5, 2008, lot 569)
Acquired at the above sale
Picasso further investigates the relationship between the painter and his model as depicted in the studio. Indeed, this relationship between the artist and model was one of profound complexity. The more Picasso explored this theme in his art, the more he pushed the artist-model relationship toward the ultimate conclusion—the artist embracing his model, removing the barrier of the canvas and transforming the relationship into that of a man and a woman coupled, often in sexual embrace.
Rather than ponder the details of human anatomy and perspective, the artist isolates those elements of his subject that fascinated and preoccupied him and depicts them with a contemporary style and a sense of wit entirely his own.