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Created in 1934
Hand signed in pencil lower right, numbered lower left
Edition of 50
Image size: 5.4” x 7.9”
Paper size: 12.25” x 16.25"
Frame size: 23.75” x 26.75”
Reference: Bloch, 'Pablo Picasso, catalogue de l'oeuvre gravé et lithographié' No. 277
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At this time, 1934 February 13, Picasso had two women in his life. He was still married to his wife, Olga Khoklova, who was a Ballerina in Diagalev’s ballet, and Marie-Therese Walther who was his mistress.
He was already separated from his wife, Olga, but being a Russian aristocrat, she refused to divorce him. Picasso, then 49 years old, met the 17 year old Marie-Thérèse and soon started an affair with her. Her face is easily recognizable on the etching on the right, while entirely occupying the center of the image. The woman's profile on the left side is of Olga's, she is less complex and more flat, a face that has already halfway disappeared, as she looks at the other woman emotionless. Picasso created this artwork a year before Marie-Thérèse became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter, Maiia.