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The Vollard Suite
Many of the prints from the "Vollard Suite" along with a range of Picasso's other works from the same period, depict a vase of flowers, positioned suggestively in compositions invovling male and female interaction.
The Vollard Suite

The motif is also present in "The Unknown Masterpiece," where it has been ingeniously disguised into the arm of Olga, the figure on the right.

Vollard flowers in the 1934 Drawing

The symbolism in Picasso's work, according to Eberhard Fisch (in a letter to the author, dated 1993), refers to the short lived beauty of woman, and by implication, the fleetingness of love itself.

JPG image (33 K) The Vollard Suite
JPG image (23 K) Vollard flowers in the 1934 drawing
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