Picasso presented the women in this painting in profile, which some
people have suggested resembles ancient Egyptian or Etruscan art.
Other critics see the influence here of a work by the painter
Ingres. Just before Picasso started working on this painting, there
had been a showing of sixty-eight of Ingres's works, which Picasso
attended with delight. Ingres had created a painting called Tu
Marcellus Eris, which shows a man in profile with his hand raised
to stop an unseen storyteller from continuing his tale of treachery
and death. Some feel the pose in Tu Marcellus Eris was the basis
for the pose of the women in this painting.
Here, the woman's head and back form a hard-edged silhouette. How
do you think this line affects your impression of this painting?
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