©Pablo Picasso - The Harem 1906

Picasso The Harem 1906
The Harem
1906 154x110cm oil/canvas
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, USA

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From The Cleveland Museum of Art:
Picasso painted this lyrical composition, one of his most important of the Rose Period (1904-6), in the remote village of Gósol in the Spanish Pyrenees. He based the composition on sketches of his lover, Fernande Olivier, combing her hair and bathing. Also inspired by J. A. D. Ingres's The Turkish Bath (Musée du Louvre), Picasso placed Fernande in the context of a harem. Thin veils of color suggest the ethereal odor of a perfume or the smoke from an opium pipe.