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Picasso's Portrait of Olga in an Armchair, 1917, and Klimt 
Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 08:42 AM - General
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Picasso's Portrait of Olga in an Armchair, 1917, is another example of his respect for pattern. Olga's face is treated with great sensitivity, but she is there to showcase the luscious pattern of flowers and leaves on the fabric beside her. Like a model on a game show, she is there to point to the lovely prize. Notice how her right arm is draped around the top of the cloth and her left hand points to the bottom of the cloth, encasing it completely within a field of devotion.

This portrait reminds me of Klimt's Portrait of Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein, which was painted around 1905. As in many of Klimt's pieces, the woman is there to accentuate the beautiful pattern of both fabric and background.

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