Picasso and Marie-Thérèse: L’amour fou
This book was published on the occasion of Picasso and Marie-Thérèse: L’amour fou at Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York. Curated by Sir John Richardson and Diana Widmaier Picasso, the exhibition gathered more than eighty paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints, presenting Pablo Picasso’s lover and muse Marie-Thérèse Walter as a primary inspiration for his artistic experimentation between 1927 and 1940. By shedding new light on one of the most creative relationships in the artist’s rich and varied oeuvre, it showed how this secret romantic partnership catalyzed a radical shift in his conception of portraiture.
The catalogue features all exhibited works, as well as numerous historical photographs of Picasso, Walter, and related subject matter. It includes new essays by Richardson and Widmaier Picasso, the latter of which explores Picasso’s portraiture and presents dozens of never-before-published photographs of Walter from the family archives. An essay by Elizabeth Cowling examines the dissemination of images of Picasso’s sculptures through the art journals of the period. The volume also includes a foreword by Larry Gagosian, as well as a removable flipbook that brings to life a series of archival photo booth images of a young Walter in 1930.