The Weeping Woman (1937), is one of many paintings of Dora Maar by Picasso. When it comes to the Maar portraits, Picasso was sending a message, often to Maar herself. The portrait is representative of the way he perceived her, and it is said that when Picasso depicted Maar with a hat on her head it was, to him, a sign of madness – her madness.
When Picasso died in 1973, he left behind four children and three grandchildren. ‘In order to create, he had to destroy everything that got in the way of his creation’ (Picasso: 2001, 74), and Picasso: My Grandfather is a raw account of a girl, then a woman, who would only ever see the evil in Picasso’s genius, and witnesses the destruction first hand. She bravely recounts her life as a Picasso, and the 14 years of psychoanalysis in order to reach a place where she no longer feels in the shadow of her Grandfather.
He was the Minotaur, the playboy of his era, he made the rules to break the rules, he was selfish yet a genius, he had no set style but a thousand styles, he was not Pablo, only Picasso. Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (aka Pablo Picasso) was born in Málaga, Spain on October 25, 1881. A child prodigy, at 20 years old Picasso left Spain for Paris to become a distinguished artist. For Picasso, to succeed in Paris would be to conquer the world.