original 72” X 54” Acrylic on canvas, 2003 (Original not for sale)
The inspiration for this painting was a quote from the book Life with Picasso, written by Françoise Gilot and Carlton Lake, in which Picasso tells Françoise his choicest memories. While painting Guernica, May/June 1937, Picasso is affectionately assisted by Dora Marr, when Marie-Thérèse Walters, Picasso’s live-in girlfriend and mother of his child Maya drops in. Angered by the scene Marie-Thérèse insists that Picasso choose between the women. He stops painting for a moment, and unable to come to a decision says, I like you both; you two fight it out.
Pegeen depicts Marie-Thérèse Walters the victor over Dora Marr in this Picasso like painting.
Choicest Memories ©2003 Pegeen Shean
The little girl in this painting is Screaming Maya (Picasso) and she is featured on a number of products at Pegeen's Shop www.cafepress.com/pegeen