Picasso’s mistress and muse, Marie-Therese Walter, is the subject of the painting. She was just 17 when she met the artist in a Paris street in 1927. Picasso was then 45 and married to his Russian wife, Olga, but his first words to Walter were: “I’m Picasso. You and I are going to do great things together.” The pair began a secret relationship and Walter appeared in several works. Nude, Green Leaves and Bust was painted in a single day in March 1932 and Picasso later hung it in his apartment.
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