Pablo already knew the brunette Jacqueline who has a job at Madoura. She accepts to live with him. In June Pablo paints his first portraits of Jacqueline. She is 28 years old and Picasso 45 more. They will not leave each other and will marry in Vallauris in 1961.
On October 8, 1954 Pablo paints three oils on canvas in a single size, 146 x 114 cm. Jacqueline in long dress is sitting on the floor in an interior, knees raised straight in front of her.
In these three pictures painted shortly before the death of Matisse, Pablo wants to demonstrate his skill as a colorist. It is sunny in Vallauris and the blue sky behind the window provides a bright atmosphere. Realism and proportions are not considered : the artist uses his signature style of simultaneous vision of the two profiles of the sitter and the limbs are too frail.
One of the three paintings is at the Museo Picasso in Malaga. Another one was sold for £ 7.4M including premium by Sotheby's on June 21, 2017 ; the position of the black hair in the flattened oval of the head is incongruous. The third painting displays a better designed geometry. It is estimated $ 20M for sale by Christie's in New York on November 13, lot 39 A. Please watch the video shared by Christie's.
SOLD for $ 37M including premium