The Dream (Le Rêve) is a portrait painting from 1932 which captures the artist's considerably younger mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter.
As with most portrait artists, Pablo would find preferred subjects for his work and use them again and again, experimenting each time with different methods with which to create their image on canvas.
Le Rêve, to use it's original French title, is a large scale painting which offers the viewer plenty of detail of the artist's model. He uses Fauvist styles to invent this distorted version of reality, with a great attention to the colour combinations.
There is also an abstract simplication of line and form which is typical of Picasso's work during this period.
A careful inspection of The Dream suggests that artist Picasso is producing an abstract version of his own penis, disguised in the upturned face of this portrait. This kind of abstract eroticism can be found in the work of Georgia O'Keeffe and many other notable artists from the 20th century.
The original painting has changed hands on regular occassions and has amassed a prizely sum over the years. It was initially purchased by Victor and Sally Ganz for $7,000 as early as 1941.
When the owners passed away much of their collection was auctioned off in the 1990s, to a huge profit. Since then, The Dream has been seen as an investment opportunity more so than attracting genuine fans of the artist's work.