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Oil painting in 1935, dimensions: 130 by 162 cm. Located in the Center Pompidou (National Center for the Arts and Culture of Georges Pompidou), Paris, France.
The work of this famous artist is usually divided into several specific stages. This picture refers to the period of surrealism of 1927-1936, containing reality, paradoxes and fiction. Then the artist became interested in young Maria-Theresa Walter, whom he met on a Parisian street and persuaded to pose, only when he showed a book about his art. Subsequently, she will give him a daughter.
The characteristic features of most of the works of that time are tense, formless and partly frightening images created under the influence of the works of surrealist poets and emotional stress associated with conflicting feelings for his wife and young lover. In this creation, the trend of cubism is also traced - in the desire to draw an object in simple forms and different projections at the same time.
Maria is depicted on a canvas naked with a yellow album and a pencil, painting a reflection, while she seems not so tender and beautiful, her warm glow seems to fade. The second woman is dressed, she sleeps with her head in her hands, and is very similar to the first, but more calm and soft. Probably, this is how the master portrayed Maya, who was born out of wedlock in the year of painting. Red and black in the mirrored facets is a bit like a third lady, not yet fully realized from nonexistence and probabilities, who will soon burst into the life of the master - Douro Maar.
Color schemes (green, terracotta, lilac, light yellow, brownish blue ...) and the proximity of rounded and acute-angled forms cause a strong emotional response in contrast, and the general feeling of a slowly and steadily thickening atmosphere, along with sympathy for a fading blonde girl.
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