Full color lithograph on heavy vintage paper and mounted to chipboard for maximum ease in styling whether propping or framing.

Work of art dated 10/12/1955.

6.25 x 8.75” 

In 1953 Picasso met Jacqueline Roque in a ceramic workshop. She was his last beloved, the last muse, the most loyal and fanatic admirer of his talent.

When their romantic relationship began, Jacqueline turned from an assistant in a workshop into Picasso’s model. He devoted more pictures to her than to all others. They lived together for 20 years and for 17 of them she was the only woman he painted. In all her portraits painted in various techniques and styles a calm and far away look of almond eyes always stands out. A straight nose following the line of a forehead makes the woman look like a sphinx.

Jacqueline worshiped Pablo. He said himself multiple times that she made him a religion. The temple of that religion was first Chateau de Vauvenargues, a castle Picasso decided to move to in order to devote himself entirely to art. The nearest populated locality of the same name even now accounts for no more than 700 inhabitants. Vauvenargues was a perfect asylum and Jacqueline controlled all visits to the castle watching over her idol.

On March 13, 1961, a marriage of 79-year-old Pablo Picasso and 34-year-old Jacqueline Roque was registered. The celebration was quiet as Picasso wanted to avoid publicity — only nearest and dearest were invited. The newlyweds moved to a recently bought villa in Cannes where Picasso continued to work despite his worsening health.