Woman in Hat and Fur Collar (Marie-Thérèse Walter)
This is one of several portraits Picasso painted of Marie-Thérèse Walter, his sentimental companion between 1927 and 1935, during which time he carried out an exhaustive analytical exercise, submitting the subject's youth and personality to a thousand transformations. The artist merges the frontal view of the face and the profile into a single image and turns the model into an icon of sensuality by means of a rich pictorial language in which the distorted forms represent the consolidation of what specialists have called the 'Picasso style'. This work is at the same time the epilogue to the confrontation between the the two main models of the moment: Marie-Thérèse herself and Dora Maar.
Paris, December 4th, 1937
61 x 51 cm
Permanent loan from the State, 2007; ABERTIS settlement