This work belongs to the remarkable sequence of portraits that Picasso made of Marie-Thérèse Walter at his country property at Boisgeloup. Marie-Thérèse is presented here – as in most of her portraits – as a series of sensuous curves. Even the scrolling arms of the chair have been heightened and exaggerated to echo the rounded forms of her body. The face is a double image: the right side can also be seen as the face of a lover in profile, kissing her on the lips.
See the painting in The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy at Tate Modern 8 March – 9 September 2018