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If we forget about the portrait as a photographic likeness we can really have some fun. I love the simplicity of line and distortion in this famous painting. The views of Dora’s face, part frontal and part side, are easy to pick up on, unlike many of Picasso’s later harsher cubist works. Critics say the resemblance is truer than life. Did Picasso like his model? That’s a good question. Picasso had 5 wives, 7 mistresses, 12 girlfriends, and 33 lovers but he did more portraits of Dora than any other woman. I think he loved her and it comes through in this portrait.

 

September 24, 2015

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