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The Cover
June 19, 2002

Crazy Woman With Cats

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2002;287(23):3048. doi:10.1001/jama.287.23.3048

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.