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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