Picasso's Muse

Ann Verdcourt, Artist

This is one of the ceramic artworks in our collection. It was made in Dannevirke in 2008.
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About the Work
“Over eleven years Marie-Thérèse Walter was Picasso’s inspiration for hundreds of paintings, drawings, etchings, collages and sculptures. My favourite works are those paintings that show Marie-Thérèse wearing a hat or a garland of flowers around her head. One painting in particular shows her wearing a beret and a coat with a large collar. The wonderful profile combined with the sculptural aspects of the beret and collar made me reach for the clay bags.” Ann Verdcourt. Quoted in the exhibition "Ceramics: Ann Verdcourt, A Survey" Sep - Dec 2010

“Ann Verdcourt and Greg Donson gave a floor talk at Ann’s Ceramic exhibition at the Sarjeant in September 2010, where I was immediately taken by Ann’s work and her relaxed disposition. Both Wartime Wendy and Picasso’s Muse took my eye, especially the later with her large eyes, smooth lines and chic French personality.”

Marion Gibbard for My Choice online exhibition, August 2020.
500 x 450 x 350 mm
grogged paper clay, slip and stains
Head and shoulders of an elegant woman wearing a beret and a stole, surface is a monochrome grey with black painted eyes. The subject is Marie-Thérèse Walter, Picasso's muse.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of the artist, 2010.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
27 Aug 2010



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