W H Y P I C A S S O L O V E R S S H O U L D S T AY A T ROME’S HOTEL DE RUSSIE
Brilliant, original, and revolutionary, Pablo Picasso is
di Spagna, Trinità dei Monti, Villa Medici, and Piazza
widely considered one of the most influential artists of
Barberini – can be seen in his work from this period.
all time. Revered for his boundary-pushing and often surrealist artworks, the Spanish artist left an impression everywhere he visited. During a sabbatical in Rome in 1917, however, the tables turned as career and love became intertwined and his life was changed forever. In February 1917, Picasso travelled to Rome to design the costumes and sets of poet Jean Cocteau’s ‘Parade’, the first Cubist ballet, performed by the illustrious Ballets Russes. The project enabled the artist, renowned for his paintings, to bring his sketches to life on stage. During rehearsals, Picasso became infatuated with dancer Olga Khokhlova, whom he went on to marry. While the ballet moved to Paris for its premiere, Picasso remained inspired by Italy and Italian classical art for many years.
While visiting Rome, Picasso stayed at Hotel de Russie, located just a few steps from his former art studio in Via Margutta. Poet Jean Cocteau also stayed at the hotel, in an adjoining room, and the pair were known to lean out of the windows to pick oranges from the garden. This visit inspired the hotel to create the Picasso Suite. The Suite epitomises the hotel’s style with tasteful, modern furnishings and pops of color. In the living room, prints and pillows featuring Picasso’s designs complement the beige sofa and armchairs. Guests can enjoy an intimate dinner in the dining room, which has a wet bar, an elegant marble table, and built-in shelves filled with books and decorative objects. The 86-square-metre suite has one bedroom, a bath decorated in Italian marble
During his three-month stint in the Eternal City, Picasso
and mosaics, a spacious walk-in wardrobe, and a private
visited, and was inspired by, many sites, and numerous
terrace overlooking the hotel’s garden.
well-known attractions – such as Via Margutta, Piazza
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