In addition, hidden motifs of a fish and a trident in "The Unknown Masterpiece," relate to similar elements in the painting above. What we see in the painting however, does little to provide us with an understanding of it. As with other cryptic works by Picasso, we need to reach beyond the work itself, to obtain the keys to its symbolism.
In this case, "The Unknown Masterpiece," along with Picasso's poems, and biographical information, allow us to interpret what is taking place in a more accurate way. It is an assassination of Olga by Picasso, in the context of his new relationship with Francois Gilot.