Fernande Olivier (1881-1966) began her career as a professional model. She worked for many artists such as Cormon, Manolo, Canals and Sunyer, before becoming better known as the
companion of the young Picasso shortly after he settled in Paris in the famous studio complex of the “Bateau-Lavoir” in 1904. Fernande revealed much about herself and her relationship with her
famous lover in Souvenirs intimes and Picasso et ses amis, a book that Picasso did his best to stop from being published. This is the first exhibition exclusively devoted
to Fernande’s life and legend featuring many of her portraits by Picasso and the other artists of Montmartre at the beginning of the 20th century. As a
modern woman, model, artist and writer, she is an inescapable witness of a fascinating era and a unique artistic milieu.