Gilberte is delighted. 'How simple he is. I hadn't pictured him like this.' We are along in the studio, and she is looking around her at the sculptures assembled here when her glance falls on the Femme a l'Orange. 'Look there,' she remarks to me, 'without that statue we might never have met, never have known each other.' 'You're forgetting the messenger's wife,' I answer, laughing. 'We have to be grateful to her too - and to her baby . . .'
Picasso reappears, as naked as he had been before. Instead of getting dressed, he has been looking for a box of chocolates for Gilberte.
From Picasso & Co, by Brassai, Thames & Hudson 1967.
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