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Le Tricorne.

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  • Description
    Le Tricorne.
    Stock Code 105577
    Paris, P. Rosenberg, 1920
    Picasso's 'supreme theatrical achievement' (John Richardson).

    Le Tricorne was commissioned by Diaghilev after a trip to Spain with the Ballets Russes in 1916 inspired him to create a new work which incorporated traditional Spanish folk dances. Through Stravinsky he met the young Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and also enlisted legendary flamenco dancer Felix Fernandez Garcia to assist Leonid Massine with the choreography. In 1917 Diaghilev and Massine went on a grand tour of Spain where de Falla and Felix introduced them to dancers and performances in Zaragoza, Toledo, Salamanca, Burgos, Sevilla, Córdoba, and Granada.

    With the music and choreography in place and a successful London season giving him the financial means, Diaghilev instructed his favourite Spanish artist to produce the set and costume designs. Picasso moved to London in May 1919 to work on the project and produced some twenty different studies for stage sets, at least four for the drop and approximately 30 for costumes and decor. The drawings which were finally chosen for the ballet are reproduced in this album.

    Picasso's designs reflect his Spanish heritage and Cubist style, combining classical forms with the bold, bright colours distinctive to the experimental Ballets Russes. He relished the opportunity to weave the visual arts with performance, and what was initially an ephemeral set of sketches has become a significant part of his oeuvre.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: France
    Period: 1920-1949
    Creation Date: 1920
    Styles / Movements: Art Deco, Modern
    Dealer Reference #: 105577
    Incollect Reference #: 584341
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Based in the heart of Mayfair in London, we specialise in prints and original works on paper across a broad range of subjects, from antique prints to modern pochoir plates, as well as photographs from vintage photography to modern art photography.

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