Femme Au Chat Assise Dans Un Fauteuil (1964) roughly translates to “woman with a cat sitting in an armchair.” Here, Picasso depicts Jacqueline, his wife and muse, with a little black cat the couple had found while walking around their property in Mougins, France.
Painted in May 1964 over a period of days, Femme Au Chat Assise Dans Un Fauteuil is one in a succession of paintings where Picasso employed the motif of the little black cat. Jacqueline, who is nude and seated, looks toward the viewer with the little black cat on her lap. Rather than hiring a model, Picasso frequently used his lovers as models.
“It is characteristic of Picasso, in contrast to Matisse and many other 20th Century painters, that he takes as his model–or as his Muse–the woman he loves and who lives with him, not a professional model,” wrote curator Marie-Laure Bernadac.