Picasso first drew a portrait of Alice in 1905, in which she is depicted with an elongated, almost Mannerist, profile. Her features are echoed and mingled with other models in works of this period, breaking into new ground when Picasso focuses on his lover of the time Fernande Olivier. The present work focusses on the bust of the sitter, posed in an-almost three-quarter turn, the bronze gently modelled and her features at rest. Alice and André remained good friends with Picasso, spending summers together in Cadaques, most notably in 1910, the critical year when Picasso is known to have pioneered a new ‘Analytical’ interpretation of Cubism.
caption: Pablo Picasso, Head of a Woman in Profile (Alice Derain), 1905, drypoint, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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