The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
Separation anxiety left Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (1881-1973) unable to settle
in belle epoque Paris. His ambiguous relationship with his father, Don Jose
Ruiz y Blasco, an artist of mediocre talent, formed the basis for this restlessness.
As a measure of his conflicted emotions, Picasso soon dropped his paternal
name of Ruiz, choosing instead his mother's more unusual surname.
Picasso's friends Auguste Vollard, Pedro Mañach, and Gustave
Coriquot mounted an exhibition at the Galerie Vollard on rue Lafitte in June
1901. This show not only exposed Picasso to collectors, but probably raised
money for the perpetually impoverished and itinerant painter. At the age of
20, he had already completed hundreds of paintings and drawings, including Crazy Woman With Cats (cover ),
shown in this exhibition soon after its completion. Variously known as Nude With Cats or Madwoman With Cats, this oil painting on cardboard shares features with other Picasso
products of the same era.
Torpy JM. Crazy Woman With Cats. JAMA. 2002;287(23):3048. doi:10.1001/jama.287.23.3048