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Girl in a Chemise marks the end of Picasso's Blue Period. The light blue loses its icy frigidity as female beauty and lust return as suitable subject matter. This underscores the absence of real sexual passion in previous works, whose emotional tones are achieved instead by the social comment implicit in the characters' destitute state. This face is probably of new mistress, Madeleine, featured in a series of erotic drawings, as here, with the light deliberately accented on the exposed breast. The new, shimmering blue-green provides a striking contrast with the ghostly transparency of the chemise, whose folds create notional movement. In the summer of , Madeleine became pregnant by Picasso, but he pressurised her into having an abortion. In , when this painting resurfaced, he joked, 'Can you imagine me having a son 64 years old?
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Picasso transformed an earlier painting of a boy to create this profile of a slender young woman. This paper uses X-radiography and infrared imaging to look beneath the surface of the painting and unravel the way in which Picasso transformed the male figure into a female figure with a few deft brushstrokes. Girl in a Chemise fig. Picasso painted this work in Paris at the beginning of a new phase in his life, with new loves and new artistic influences. Kahnweiler in a letter to the Tate Gallery in The date is significant when considering the identity of the subject, a young girl. It is possible that the girl is a sort of hybrid figure, combining features from various models painted by Picasso at the time.