The painter is implicit in the canvas represented on the left and the large hand dominating the composition, a symbol of the creative act inspired by the prostrate model. As in all of Picasso's work, the theme of the painter and his model plays a multiple role. According to Michel Leiris, "That the artist at work – almost always "The painter and his model" which, in Picasso's work, has appeared for a long time as a major theme – has become not his unique theme, but at least the most frequent, shows all the importance that the very act of painting assumes in the eyes of Picasso" (in Jean Leymarie, Picasso. Métamorphoses et Unité, Geneva, 1971, p.191).
It is remarkable that at the end of his life Picasso returned to such an eminently figurative and traditional subject at a time when the art world was interested in Abstract Expressionism and the non-figurative painting of the American school. He who opened the doors to abstraction, without ever however rejecting figuration, returned thus to his great eternal subject.
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