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Picasso and Marie-Thérèse Walter

In 1927 Picasso met Marie-Thérèse Walter (1909-1977),

a 17 year old who Picasso then lived with in a flat across the street from his marital home (while still married to Olga).

marie-thérèse walter by Picasso

Marie-Thérèse Walter by Picasso

Marie-Thérèse and Picasso had a daughter, Maya (Maria de la Concepcion) on October 5, 1935. (Picasso and Olga later separated although they remained married so Olga would not receive half of Picasso’s wealth — until she died in 1955.)

Picasso and Marie-Thérèse Walter

Marie-Thérèse Walter

Picasso’s relation with Marie was kept from Olga until Olga was told of Marie’s pregnancy. Marie understandably became jealous when Picasso started to fall in love with Dora Maar in 1936, a year after Maya was born. It was Marie-Thérèse who was the inspiration for many of Picasso’s famous Vollard Suite etchings. Marie-Thérèse died by hanging herself in 1977, four years after Picasso died. Maya’s son, Olivier Widmaier wrote “Picasso: The Real Family Story” about his artist grandfather, in 2004.

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