Joie De Vivire, 1946 by Pablo Picasso
Picasso had finally returned to his favoured French Riviera to enjoy freedom from Occupation as well as burgeoning relationship with a young French artist, Francoise Gilot, whom he painted as a flower
in 1946. She is possibly the model for the central creature of this work, with its long flowing hair. The couple visited Matisse in Nice - it was probably Matisse's request to paint Francoise with green
hair that provoked Picasso to copy his rival's earlier work with this large 120 x250 cm oil on fibreboard.
Picasso, 65 years old, and age when most retire, was once more in love with a very young woman and full of creative fervour. Francoise, 25, found she was pregnant shortly after this work was finished.