The children learned from Picasso how to pattern, how to flatten, and how to select key color shapes to make their pictures. They used certain details of my dress, my hair, and my visual quality in general as starting points. Their pictures are a result of their experience of me (the subject) and Picasso (a way of seeing—a tradition).
When I suggested to her that her picture was “informed” by what she had seen in Picasso’s, she claimed she never had seen a Picasso portrait. I had to produce it again and show it to her. Then she argued hers was nothing like Picasso’s, that Picasso’s was ugly, and she hated it, and hers was just the way the dolls looked, just the way she saw them.