This is some of the interchange from the film.
The painting also appears in the film when Gil is in modern-day times. There’s a debate in the museum, where the painting now hangs and Gil shows off his knowledge of the piece to the group, which surprises everyone. He “correctly” identifies it as a rough draft, if you will, of a portrait of one of Picasso’s lesser mistresses. While the character of Adriana continues to appear, the painting disappears from the screen, leaving you with the impression that now you artsy movie watcher know all about some obscure Picasso. Well- you don’t, so calm down.
This painting is actually titled The Bather or La Baigneuse. It is an authentic Picasso, painted in 1928 and currently located at the Musee Picasso, in Paris. At that time, Picasso was returning to his more abstract roots after a more realistic stint known as “classicism” based on Greco-Roman sculpture in the early 20s. In ’27-28, Picasso actually did a few “Bather” paintings, which all show the same basic form of cubism and subject. I’ve included two of this series to show you how non-unique The Bather actually is (enjoy Bathing Women from 1927, and Bathers with a Beach Ball from 1928).
For one, the painting represents love. On the onset, it is Picasso’s expression of love to Adriana and is later a reminder of Gil’s love of her, as well.