Jacqueline Rock - one of the lovers of the famous Spanish master, his last muse, was the most devoted fan of his talent. She was a model and wife of Picasso, with whom he lived the last 20 years of his life, and most of his paintings are dedicated to this woman.
In numerous portraits, made in a wide variety of techniques, she appears with a constant pensive look of large dark eyes, a rare almond shape.
This portrait, painted at the very beginning of Picasso’s acquaintance with Jacqueline, in 1954, is one of her most realistic portraits, the style of which is too far from Picasso’s “cubism” familiar to us. It is written with special tenderness and love. She appears not as a strange cubic-futuristic composition, but as a very real, lively woman. Jacqueline is depicted in a belt, her elongated pale face looks straight with a long, dreamy and gentle look, filled with thought and feelings.
The whole picture is made in cold, dark, calm tones - a gray-black background, a woman in dark clothes and a black shawl, emphasizing the whiteness of her skin. The picture does not seem gloomy, on the contrary - cold tones give it a special charm, as if it was painted at night in the moonlight, or at dusk.
This woman was not only the artist's muse. She selflessly loved the great master and looked after him in the years of his old age, when he was almost blind. After his death, she was so heartbroken that others seriously feared for her condition ... She managed, however, to recover, she became the keeper and manager of Picasso's large-scale creative heritage. But, despite this, on the eve of one of Picasso’s grandiose exhibitions in the Spanish capital, she shot herself, thus surviving him only 13 years ...