Two Girls Reading (Deux Enfants Lisant) / Pablo Picasso

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Two Girls Reading (Deux Enfants Lisant)
Pablo Picasso
Artist Nationality
Artist Life Dates
1881 - 1973
Medium and Support
oil on canvas
Object Creation Date
March 28, 1934
Object Creation Place
Europe (continent)
France (nation)
Haute-Normandie (region)
Eure (department)
Boisgeloup (city)
Creation Place 1
Europe (continent)
Creation Place 2
France (nation)
Creation Place 3
Haute-Normandie (region)
Creation Place 4
Eure (department)
Creation Place 5
Boisgeloup (city)
Signed lower right: Picasso/28 Mars (illegible) XXXIV
110.17 cm x 89.38 cm x 7.62 cm (43 3/8 in. x 35 3/16 in. x 3 in.)
20th century
Primary Object Classification
Primary Object Type
figure painting
Secondary Object Classification
Physical Description
Two girls, depicted in bold geometric shapes and block colors, reading a book together. The figure seated at viewer's right, slightly taller, is green and wearing yellow. The figure at viewer's left has a face of blue and white and is clothed in red resting her clasped hands upon an open book.
Subject Matter
Two girls in an embrace read a book together. The figure at the viewer's left is Picasso's mistress at the time, Marie-Thérèse Walter. The other figure is thought to be either Olga Koklova, his wife, or Marie-Thérèse's sister. The scene suggests intimacy, yet the distored shapes and vibrant colors evoke a separateness, distance, and give the piece a melancholic feel.
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925 x 1171
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"Two Girls Reading (Deux Enfants Lisant); Pablo Picasso". University of Michigan Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 30, 2023.