Portrait of Olga in the Armchair, 1917
Oil on Canvas 130 × 88.8 cm
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About the Art
This elegant portrait of his new wife, Ballets Russes dancer Olga Koklova, recalls classical Greek and Roman sculpture. The stylised twists and folds of Olga’s dress and fan are echoed in the subtle wave and sheen of her hair. Likewise, the smooth modelling and cool tones of Olga’s face, neck and arms give her flesh the appearance of marble.
In 1917 ballerina Olga Khokhlova (1891-1955) met Picasso while the artist was designing the ballet “Parade” in Rome, to be performed by the Ballet Russe. They married in the Russian Orthodox church in Paris in 1918 and lived a life of conflict. She was of high society and enjoyed formal events while Picasso was more bohemian in his interests and pursuits.
About the Artist
Pablo Picasso, (25 October 1881– 8 April 1973) considered one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he was a painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer. He is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) and Guernica (1937), a portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.
Picasso’s art was radical in nature; virtually no 20th-century artist could escape his influence. Moreover, while other masters tended to stay within the bounds of a style they had developed in their youth, Picasso continued to be an innovator into the last decade of his life. This led to misunderstanding and criticism both in his lifetime and since. It was only in the 1980s that his last paintings began to be appreciated both in themselves and for their profound influence on the rising generation of young painters. Since Picasso was able from the 1920s to sell works at very high prices, he could keep most of his oeuvre in his own collection. At the time of his death he owned some 50,000 works in various media from every period of his career, which passed into possession of the French state and his heirs.
Picasso’s work is often categorized into periods. While the names of many of his later periods are debated, the most commonly accepted periods in his work are the Blue Period (1901–1904), the Rose Period (1905–1907), the African-influenced Period (1908–1909), Analytic Cubism (1909–1912), and Synthetic Cubism (1912–1919).
For nearly 80 of his 91 years Picasso devoted himself to an artistic production that contributed significantly to the development of modern art in the 20th century.
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