Picasso the Ska-Douche

Marie-Thérèse Walter by Picasso
Marie-Thérèse Walter

At the time she met Picasso in 1927, he was married to Olga Khokhlova, a Russian ballerina, with whom he had a five-year-old son. He and Walter, then seventeen years old, began a relationship which was kept secret from his wife until 1935.

Maya with Doll by Picasso

In 1935, Marie became pregnant, but Picasso did not divorce his wife because he didn't want to give her half his property (in accordance with French law), so they lived separately. Picasso and Marie's daughter, María de la Concepción, called "Maya", was born on 5 September 1935. Marie and Maya stayed with Picasso at Juan-les-Pins in the South of France from March 25 to May 14 in 1936, and then at Le Tremblay-sur-Mauldre, 25 km from Versailles, where Picasso visited on the weekends and some weekdays to play with his daughter. Maya also modelled for some of his paintings, including Maya with Doll (1938).

Marie-Thérèse Walter at age 19

Marie-Thérèse became jealous when Picasso fell in love with Dora Maar, a French artist and model for Picasso, in 1936. 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."

Years later, Marie-Thérèse hanged herself after Picasso's death.

Way to be a douchebag, Señor Picasso. Choice moment, my eye...

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