Olga Khokhlova, a dancer in Sergei Diaghilev’s company Ballets Russes, became Picasso’s principal model soon after they met in 1917. To prepare this portrait of his future wife, he created several drawings; he also worked from a photograph showing Olga in the same dress and pose.
Here, Picasso contrasts the finely detailed and meticulously executed figure with an indeterminate background, accentuated with only a few searching strokes and a gray wash. That Picasso exhibited this work in 1921 suggests that he considered it finished, despite having left portions of the picture unpainted.
Le Repos is an oil-on-canvas painting created by Pablo Picasso in 1932. It depicts a portrait of Marie-Thérèse Walter, the artist's lover and muse, in a sleeping pose.
The painting was produced in the midst of their relationship and is a demonstration of Picasso's love for his mistress. Le Repos was one of a series of sleeping portraits of Walter that Picasso created in 1932.