olga-picasso

Olga Picasso (1923). Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973). Oil on canvas.

The last great portrait of his first wife that Picasso painted, “Olga Picasso” also marks the end both of Picasso’s neo-classical period and his interest in Olga herself. By the summer of 1923, Picasso had a new love interest and Olga’s features disappeared from his paintings.

Danseuse assise (Olga Picasso) [1920]. Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973).

On May 18, 1917, Olga danced in Parade — a ballet by Sergei Diaghilev, Erik Satie and Jean Cocteau — on its opening night at the Théâtre du Châtelet. Picasso had designed the costumes and set for the ballet. After meeting Picasso, Olga left the group and stayed in Barcelona with him.