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Marie-Thérèse Walter, in a passport photo from the 1930s, photo APIC/Getty Images
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THE RUTTING BULL
by Jerry Saltz



"Picasso and Marie-Thérèse: L'Amour fou," the rapturous, vagino-¬≠maniacal show of more than 80 Pablo Picasso works at Gagosian, is a love story. It tells a tale of a devouring monster, a goddess and doormat, frenzied sex, and abject cruelty. The woman of the show’s title is Marie-Thérèse Walter, called “the greatest sexual passion of Picasso’s life,” “endlessly submissive and willing,” the sumptuous voluptuary who surrendered to his sadomasochistic demands. He himself once called her “a slice of melon,” and she said of herself, “I always cried with Picasso. I bowed my head in front of him.”

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