About Picasso playing cards
From our exclusive collection of Picasso’s items, famous paintings of the Spanish artist are featured on the surface of these Picasso playing cards. This elegant double deck features different paintings:
- One pack of cards features “Mujer en una Ventana” (1932)
- The other one features “Mujer sentada en una ventana“(1937)
About Picasso and his models
The Picasso playing cards display Marie-Thérèse Walter (1909 – 1977). She was the French mistress and model of Pablo Picasso from 1927 to about 1935, and the mother of his daughter, Maya Widmaier-Picasso. Their relationship began when she was seventeen years old; he was 45 and still living with his first wife, Olga Khokhlova. They began a relationship, which was kept secret from his wife until 1935. In July 1930, Picasso bought a castle at Boisgeloup close to Gisors in the Normandie, which he used as a studio for sculptures mainly. Marie was the unseen shadow of the family and became his model and muse for both paintings and sculptures.
Marie-Thérèse became jealous when Picasso fell in love with Dora Maar , a surrealist photographer and model for Picasso, in 1935. Once, she and Maar met accidentally in Picasso’s studio when he was painting Guernica. Asked about this in later life, Picasso remarked that he had been quite happy with the situation and that when they demanded that he choose between them, he told them that they would have to fight it out themselves, at which point the two women began to wrestle. Picasso described it “as one of his choicest memories”.
Whereas Picasso portrays Dora in his works of art as dark and in pain, as the “woman in tears”, he painted Marie-Thérèse as just the opposite: blonde and bright.
If you loved the Picasso playing cards you should check out other items from our Picasso collection such The Portrait of Dora Maar