The style is a continuation of the art of Picasso in an increasing complexity. The first painting, on 27 March 1934, is close to a child's drawing but with flat areas of color that compete with Léger and Matisse. It was sold for $ 21.3M including premium by Sotheby's on May 3, 2011.
On June 24 in London, Sotheby's sells the fourth opus painted on March 30, 81 x 65 cm, lot 22 estimated £ 13M. The juvenile portrait of the reader does not require Cubism to express her studious involvement. The other woman, shared between the desires to help and to let go, is Cubist. The strong parts of the image are enhanced by a working of color with the knife.
The sixth painting, on April 10, offers the latest style of the artist with a priority to the attitude. All realism was replaced by a bizarre symbolism. This painting was sold for $ 18M including premium by Christie's on November 6, 2008.
Picasso's exegetes ask two questions.
Does the book have the same meaning as in the erotic Lecture of 1932 where it covered the sex of the naked dozing woman? In my opinion: no. In the second painting from the series of 1934, made on 28 March, the reader is a child. These tranquil scenes simply express the confidence of the artist in the intellectual learning of his muse.
Who is the woman? The subtitle of the sixth painting, Marie-Thérèse et sa soeur lisant, provides a key that does not close the issue because Marie-Thérèse had two sisters!
I invite you to watch the video shared by Sotheby's.