Pablo Picasso’s relationship with his first wife Olga Khokhlova can be seen in his paintings. From the birth of their son Paul until the appearance of Marie-Thérèse Walter, who will become the painter’s lover, this exhibition shows a selection of paintings, drawings, furniture, written documents and photographs that show the development of their relationship.
Olga Khokhlova was born to a colonel in 1891, in Nijin, a Ukrainian town located within the Russian Empire. It was between Rome and Naples in 1917, where she met Pablo Picasso as a dancer of the prestigious and innovative Russian Ballet directed by Serge Diaghilev.
The exhibit, which assembles letters, family photographs, and dance slippers alongside Picasso’s portraits, attempts to shed new light on Olga. Olga’s figure transforms as their relationships deteriorates.