A MARRIAGE ENDS
The crisis in Picasso's marriage took a more dramatic turn in the middle of 1933, when Olga learned that her husband's efforts to prevent publication of Fernande Olivier's memoirs had failed and that the book would go on sale in September. Gertrude Stein had provoked this flood of retrospective jealousy by reading aloud during one of the couple's visits to the rue de Fleurus fragments about Picasso's youth and the Bateau-Lavoir from her Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, which she was just finishing. When Olga heard Fernande's name, she rushed from the room, white with anger. Picasso asked Gertrude to continue reading. "You should try to catch her," Gertrude said. "All that is so long ago." Advice which was in vain. For years Olga refused to see her again, refused to countenance the notion of any trifling with her monopoly of a legitimate spouse. Picasso's private feelings about all this can be well imagined.
Drawings from that summer show the Minotaur in possession of a Marie-Thérèse as overwhelmed and abandoned as the inanimate version of herself in le Sauvetage (The Rescue). They were done at Boisgeloup, before leaving for a summer in Cannes. From Cannes she reappears indirectly in a series of ink drawings with gouache or watercolor, which begins, on 6 July, with a scene of bacchic orgy on the beach near Silène and then proceeds to a highly Surrealist phantasmagoria. On 15 July one of the wooden women chosifiées (thing-ified characters) of Une anatomie enters a room in which one sees the profile of a Boisgeloup sculpted head against an inner wall. On the 20th the bearded sculptor, his arm resting on a giant head, contemplates the statue of a nude Marie-Thérèse: a calm and serious scene. On the 27th a fragmented Minotaur reigns over a seaside landscape scattered with fragments of familiar objects. And the drawing of the 28th dismembers a statue. On the 30th a man's head balanced on a plaster arm and the head of the Minotaur on a vase stand before a naked woman. The drawings are virtuosic in the extreme but lack conviction. 1 Picasso was thinking ahead to mid-August, when the family would pack into the Hispano-Suiza for a pilgrimage to Barcelona. This was to be a return in grand style; they had taken rooms at the Ritz.