Pablo Picasso met Jacqueline in 1953 at the Madoura Pottery when she was 26 years old and he was 72. He romanced her by drawing a dove on her house in chalk and bringing her one rose a day until she agreed to date him six months later.. They married in Vallauris on the 2nd of March, 1961.

Roque's image began to appear in Picasso's paintings in May 1954. These portraits are characterized by an exaggerated neck and feline face, distortions of Roque's features. Eventually her dark eyes and eyebrows, high cheekbones, and classical profile would become familiar symbols in his late paintings. It is likely that Picasso's series of paintings derived from Eugène Delacroix's, "The Women of Algiers", was inspired by Roque's beauty; the artist commented that "Delacroix had already met Jacqueline." In 1955 he drew Jacqueline as "Lola de Valence", a reference to Édouard Manet's painting of the Spanish dancer. In 1963 he painted her portrait 160 times, and continued to paint her, in increasingly abstracted forms, until 1972. {Excerpt}

Published: Paris, et Cosmopress, Genf, France
Printed: Spaden press
Lithograph on d'Arches paper 

Title: Jacqueline
Year: 1968
Medium: Lithograph on d'Arches paper
Image size: 20.5" x 14.5"
Edition: Signed proof / Total Ed. 250
Signature: Hand signed and dated in color crayon
After a lithograph entitled, Jacqueline Reading, 1957

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