Jacqueline with Flowers (1954) celebrates the entry of Picasso's new companion, Jacqueline Roque, into his painting. Antonina Vallentin calls the figure a "modern sphinx", and it is true that in this crouching position, with her long neck and almond-shaped eyes, Jacqueline has something of the mythic figure about her.
La Lecture (1932) depicts Picasso's mistress and muse, Marie-Thérèse Walter, asleep with a book upon her lap. The painting led to the breakup of Picasso's marriage to Olga Khokhlova after she saw it at a retrospective exhibition and realised that the facial features were not her own.
Sylvette features a young woman with a pony tail. The model for the painting, Lydia Sylvette David, was a French woman who, during the summer of 1953, worked in a pottery studio near Picasso's studio in Vallauris. Finding her appearance appealing, Picasso created 40 works inspired by her, including the monumental Chicago Picasso.