At the onset of his Blue Period, Picasso's depictions of the female figure changed. The position of the bodies and the contour of the shoulders acquired greater prominence than the expressiveness of the faces. The women, usually dressed in shawls and tunics with vertical drapes, were portrayed barefooted which highlights the sense of poverty. The women in the drawings shown in the exhibition are paradigmatic of his depictions of the subject during this period, and their positions and attitudes closely resemble those of the female figures in La Vie.