Marie-Thérèse avec une guirlande, Pablo Picasso, 1937 Oil and pencil on canvas, 24 x 18 1/8 inches (61 x 46 cm)Private Collection © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York-- at The Gargosian Now*
Jenne' R. Andrews
* Mad love. Scroll down to read about Picasso's obsession with Maria-Therese, to read the text of the aria Quando M'en Vo, and to see a beautiful performance of this aria with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
Notes on Picasso's obsession with Maria-Therese:
In 1927, on a street in Paris, Picasso encountered the unassuming girl, just shy of eighteen years old, who would become his lover and one of modern art’s most famous muses. “I am Picasso” he announced. The name meant nothing to Marie-Thérèse so he took her to a bookshop to show her a monograph of his paintings and asked if he could see her again. Flattered and curious, she agreed, and thus began a secret love affair that would establish Marie-Thérèse as the primary inspiration for Picasso’s most daring aesthetic experiments in the decade to come.
La gente sosta e mira
E la bellezza mia tutta ricerca in me
Da capo a pie'...
Ed assaporo allor la bramosia
Sottil, che da gli occhi traspira
E dai palesi vezzi intender sa
Alle occulte beltà.
tutta m'aggira, Felice mi fa!
E tu che sai, che memori e ti struggi
Da me tanto rifuggi?
le angoscie tue non le vuoi dir,
Ma ti senti morir!
People stop and stare at me
And see my beauty, head to toe
And then I savor the subtle desire
in their eyes
inferred from my outward loveliness--
In this way I am surrounded by the perfume of desire
So that I am happy!
And you, aware of these things
pull away from me?
To read about the Gargosian exhibit, click here.
To enjoy the spectacular aria Quando M'en Vo, La Boheme, Giacomo Puccini, sung by the remarkable Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, click here.
copyright Jenne' R. Andrews 2011