From love to drunkenness: Russian muse Picasso and his first wife
• From love to drunkenness: Russian muse Picasso and his first wife,
About Pablo Picasso's muses Much has been written. Among all women, in different years was fond of artist, it occupies a special place Olga Khokhlova, a Russian ballerina who failed to achieve the dizzying success on the stage, but it was the first wife of the brilliant wizard. During the first meeting with Picasso's mother, Olga heard her admonition: "No woman would not be happy with my son." Only many years later, Olga Khokhlova convinced, how much truth in these words ...
Portrait of Olga Khokhlova works by Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso and Olga Khokhlova
Olga Khokhlova has lived a difficult life with Picasso, full of ups and downs, love and satiety. Their romance began during a European tour, the ballet troupe, which performed Khokhlova. Olga special talent did not shine, but was diligent enough to get a place in the corps de ballet. Picasso, in turn, created the scenery for performances and accompanied the troupe. Olga attracted the artist with its elegance, restraint and humility. Despite the fact that she was already 27 years old, she has never been married and do not know intimacy with men, so sophisticated Pablo Picasso enthusiastically began to conquer the impregnable at first glance, the fortress.
Olga Khokhlova in Mantilla, 1917. Artist: Pablo Picasso
Discretion Olga further ensured her comfortable existence: before marriage, she insisted on signing the contract, according to which in its order passed half of her husband's condition (including linen) in the case of divorce. As long as the couple enjoyed each other, Pablo is not much weighed upon terms. Olga gave birth to the first-born Pablo - Fields. 40-year-old artist was happy and devoted himself to caring for his wife and son. He often painted portraits of his family, bright images were filled with love and tenderness.
Photo portrait of Olga Khokhlova
After some time, the charm was fading away, it became obvious that Olga and Pablo too different. Russian ballerina wanted to lead a secular life, she devoted herself to the arrangement of houses in the style of the best salon samples and almost demanded by Pablo match the image of a dandy. Spanish artist, on the contrary, like freedom, creative disorder. After some time, the artist became interested in a new passion - Marie-Therese Walter. This 17-year-old Pablo gone to his head, and Olga could only suffer, knowing that she almost can not do anything to oppose the feeling was plaguing her husband. Then she attempted to file for divorce, but the fear of losing half of the state has forced Pablo dissuade her from doing so. Formally, Picasso and Khokhlova were husband and wife for many years, Olga went first, she died of cancer in Cannes, Pablo did not bother to say goodbye to his wife.
Pablo Picasso and Olga Khokhlova and their son Paulo, Antibes, 1924
Pablo Picasso and Olga Khokhlova in Rome, 1917