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Jacqueline with flowers

Painting, 1954, 100×81 cm

Description of the artwork «Jacqueline with flowers»

Pablo Picasso and Jacqueline Roque had lived together for almost 20 years until his death, and during this time he wrote about 400 her portraits. All their loved ones the artist painted in a special way, each time as if creating a new style for a certain woman. Was no exception and Jacqueline Roque. Most of her portraits painted in a recognizable style of late Picasso painting "Jacqueline with flowers" - one of the most striking works of this period. Most often, the artist portrayed his second wife that's right: in profile, with huge almond-shaped eyes, and unnaturally long neck and triangular cat-like face (1, 2).

It was, incidentally, the favorite pose of her for posing. In particular, it is the woman depicted in the famous series of "Odalisque". Thanks to this position wallentin of Antoninus, who wrote a biography of Picasso, Jacqueline was dubbed "the modern Sphinx".

Picasso met Jacqueline in 1953 at the ceramics factory in Vallauris Madura, he was 72 and she was 27. Artist chalk painted on the wall of her house, a white dove, and then within six months, every day he gave the woman a rose to win her favor. They quietly got married all in the same Vallauris only in 1961 after the death of Picasso's first wife Olga Khokhlova.

"Jacqueline with flowers" - the first portrait of the future wife of Picasso, the starting point of a new phase in his personal life and a new period in his work. When they met, the artist just started working on the series "the women of Algiers" in explanation famous paintings by eugène Delacroix. It is not surprising that new passion Picasso gave all the characters these 15 paintings of his beloved. The mesmerizing dark eyes, Jacqueline, and her black eyebrows and high cheekbones, he saw the classic Mediterranean type appearance, which was to have his "Algerian women". Her features he saw and which inspired his painting, saying that "Delacroix had already met Jacqueline before."

Author: Eugene Sidelnikov
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Portrait

Style of art: Cubism, Surrealism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1954

Size: 100×81 cm

Artwork in selections: 70 selections

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