Pour Dorothée signed 'Picasso' (centre), inscribed 'Pour' (upper left) and dated '6.2.61' (lower edge) pencil, pastel and gouache on paper 34.5 x 25.5cm (13 9/16 x 10 1/16in). Executed on 6 February 1961
PROVENANCE Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.
This work is sold with a photo certificate from Monsieur Claude Ruiz-Picasso, dated le 4.04.2011.
The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by Madame Maya Widmaier-Picasso.
There is an inscription on the reverse by Picasso's muse Jacqueline which reads 'à lire les journaux on devient savant...on sait par exemple qu'aujourd'hui c'est la St Dorothée/ Alors. Bonne fête/ Jacqueline/ 6.II.61'. ('By reading the newspapers we become wise...You know that for example, today is St. Dorothy's day/So happy St Dorothy's day/Jacqueline/6.II.61').
By 1961, Picasso had been with his young muse and companion, Jacqueline Roque, for eight years. Presumably responding to her note on the reverse of this sketch, he draws a bouquet of three flowers in his characteristically confident and loose manner. These flowers refer to the legend of St. Dorothy which tells that, after refusing to renounce her Christian faith, the young girl was sentenced to death. On her way to her execution she met an unbelieving young lawyer, Theophilus, who mockingly asked her to send him fruits from the garden of heaven. When St. Dorothy kneeled to pray, an angel appeared with a basket of three roses and three apples for her to send to the doubting lawyer, who then converted to Christianity.
St. Dorothy's feast day, as noted by Jacqueline, is the 6th of February, and the date on which Picasso executed this work. She is known as the patron saint of brides and florists, and Picasso and Jacqueline would marry in Vallauris the following month.