He painted a lot, even too much, re-exploring the styles of his career as he had done in 1955 with the Femmes d'Alger but without building a structured suite. Some of these oils are little more than sketches. All are constructed in the same way : the surface is divided into two equal parts with the artist in close-up on the left and the nude woman on the right.
The surroundings are varied, outdoors or in the studio. They are not self-portraits : the man has various faces. Pablo is not bearded and never uses the attributes he provides to his characters, easel and palette. The woman is not identifiable. She displays various positions.
An outdoor scene makes some exception by its large size, 130 x 195 cm, and by the erotic proximity of the two characters. It is the masterpiece of this series but did not reach the expected $ 25M at auction in 2013.
On November 14 in New York, Sotheby's sells Le Peintre et son modèle dated 26.3.63.II. This well colored oil on canvas is one of the largest among the interior scenes, 130 x 162 cm. It is estimated $ 12M, lot 22. The serial number II attributed for one day on a relatively complex work demonstrates the frenzy of creation by this artist in his eighties.
The model is standing in front of a screen of a dressing room. The contrast between the big head of the artist and the tiny head of the woman tells that the work in progress does not generate a communication. Pablo's target is art, symbolized by the bust of a faun over the right edge of the canvas.
SOLD for $ 13M including premium