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In August 1948 Picasso left for Poland with Paul Eduard to attend the communist-sponsored Peace Conference. Acclaimed with great enthusiasm he spent two weeks in Warsaw and Kracow and was decorated by the Prendant of the Republic. Returning to France he brought an embroidered Polish blouse for Françoise.
In November Françoise posed in the blouse and is the subject of the greatest of the lithographs, The Armchair Woman. The hieratic portraits recall the ancestor portraits of the Chinese and renaissance pictures. With quiet strength, the poses subtly change from realism to abstraction all the time referring back to the stylized portraiture of Cranach.