Homme et femme [Man and Woman]
© Succession Picasso/DACS 2004

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Homme et femme [Man and Woman] 1967
This drawing is a satirical self-portrait of the aged Picasso (who was eighty-six years old at the time) and his naked model. She is his muse, Jacqueline Rocque, whom he married in 1961. Sitting on a chamberpot, as if incontinent, he points his phallic pipe in her direction. A common theme in Picasso's later work is a clothed older man looking at a young naked woman. This was influenced by Manet's celebrated painting 'Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe.'

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Muse

The source of an artist's inspiration. The term originates in Greek mythology in which the Muses were the nine daughters of Mnemosyne and Zeus, each of whom presided over a different art or science.

Muse

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 3892
  • Medium Pastel, coloured pencil and wash on paper
  • Size 55.60 x 75.20 cm
  • Credit Purchased with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund 1995