In a drawing Picasso completed in preparation for this painting, Picasso drew the woman's right hand folded over her left hand holding the fan. Why do you think he changed his mind?

The use of the fan and the ornament in the woman's hair remind some of the typical ornaments used by Spanish women. Fans are not only useful in keeping cool, but they can also be used as a devise to draw attention to oneself. Why do you think Picasso wanted his lady to hold a fan?

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