The Face - Cape - Hood relation is according
to Pierre Daix one of the important characteristics of this period.
Woman in Blue with a Beret wears a coat - cape
and a sober and neat beret. The same can be said about her hairstyle which
is painted with precision and great care. These three elements are in
a dark blue modulated by blue on blue; this is especially noticeable on
the coat - cape, a sober and simple garment where the numerous modulations
of blue lead to luminous blue sheens on a dark blue background. The outline
of the coat - cape is achieved by strokes of a particular black -blue
which delimits the portrait and the volumes of its content. This technique
is a characteristic of Picasso at that time. The dress of Woman in
Blue with a Beret is done with severity and restraint and in a dark
blue colour which fades in front of her personality and her character
on which Picasso wants to focus the psychological interest.
Woman in Blue with a Beret is painted from
the front, placed in the centre of the painting, isolated, stilted in
her still figure. She is painted on a flat and smooth blue-green background.
Everything in the technique of this portrait is centered on the psychological
interest and the personality of the model who belongs to the world of
the outcasts. Her face is in a blue halo, covered by a mat white background
where blue traces blend and over which rosy ochres have been quickly brushed
while still wet.