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Marie Therèse Walther

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In 1927 Picasso met Marie-Thérèse Walter (1909-1977), a 17 year old who Picasso then lived with in a flat across the street from his marital home (while still married to Olga).  Marie-Thérèse and  Picasso had a daughter, Maya (Maria de la Concepcion) on October 5, 1935.  (Picasso and Olga later separated although they remained married so Olga would not receive half of Picasso's wealth -- until she died in 1955. )   Picasso's relation with Marie was kept from Olga until Olga was told of Marie's pregnancy.   Marie understandably became jealous when Picasso started to fall in love with Dora Maar in 1936, a year after Maya was born.  It was Marie-Thérèse who was the inspiration for many of Picasso's famous Vollard Suite etchings.  Marie-Thérèse died by hanging herself in 1977, four years after Picasso died.  Maya's son, Olivier Widmaier wrote "Picasso: The Real Family Story" about his artist grandfather, in 2004.

"In January that year, he had met 17-year-old Marie-Therese Walther outside Galeries Lafayette, the Paris department store. In June, the 46-year-old artist became her lover. "


Marie-Thérèse became jealous when Picasso started to fall in love with Dora Maar in 1936. Once both ladies met accidentally in Picasso' studio (when he was painting Guernica). Picasso asked them, "Why don't you fight for me?" Indeed they started wrestling, and the artist became amused.

While Dora is painted dark and in pain as "Woman in Tears", Marie-Thérèse is blonde and bright on Picasso's works of art, just the opposite.

In 1940, Marie and Maya moved to Paris, Boulevard Henri IV no 1, since the house at Le Tremblay-sur-Mauldre was occupied during World War II.

Picasso supported Marie and Maya financially, but he never married Marie.

On October 20, 1977, four years after Picasso's death, Marie-Thérèse committed suicide by hanging herself in the garage at Juan-les-Pins, South of France."

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