This nude portrayal of Picasso’s second wife, Jacqueline Roque, is an example of the violent eroticism that is prominent in much of the artist’s later work. Their explicit nature led many to dismiss them as the work of an artist who had lost his touch and his mind. Yet Picasso is confronting the universal human conditions of old age and loss of man-hood. Roque is depicted in a full frontal view, the foreshortening enhanced by the disjointed, somewhat brutal depiction of her limbs. Picasso focuses on her breasts, stomach and buttocks, strong symbols of female sexuality. The bold, dramatic brushstrokes are symptomatic of his desire to become freer, reducing the act of painting to a more ritualistic act controlled less by the decision making process.