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The Studio (L'Atelier)

The exuberant colors and bold shapes of The Studio reflect Pablo Picasso’s continuing development of the synthetic Cubist vocabulary he had pioneered with Georges Braque before World War I. The painting is one of Picasso’s major works dealing with the theme of the artist and model. In the background, the creative realm of the artist is defined by angular geometries juxtaposed with the rounded, organic shapes of the recumbent female form—the passive muse. The figures in the painting are undoubtedly meant to be read as Picasso himself, standing at his easel, and his mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter.

Pablo Picasso
Spanish (active in France), 1881–1973
The Studio (L'Atelier)
June 1934
Oil on canvas
50 3/8 x 62 ¾ in. (128 x 159.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry R. Hope, 69.55

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