Despite his many love affairs, excess of drunkenness, frequent lapses into illness, and poverty, he managed to produce with his relatively short career, a substantial body of work. More than 20 of his sculptures, some 500 paintings, and thousands of watercolors and drawings have survived.
He is best known for his portraits of women and elegant nudes with their characteristic elongated necks, almond-shaped eyes, calm facial expressions, restrained color and energetic grace. He used many different techniques. One of which is distortion which is the act of deceiving the eye by twisting something out of its original condition or shape. He used this for its emotional effect and produced paintings with balance, composition and superb handling of color. His paintings are marked with sinuous lines, simple, flat forms. He usually painted single figures with vaguely defined backgrounds. His nudes are painted in broad planes are vivid ochre, orange, and earthy hues, surrounded by strong lines. His iridescent tones are achieved by covering thin layers of color with many coats of varnish. He is popularly known for his oval faces.
His sculptures reflect the influence of Cubi