Olga was a feminine dancer, always dressing up and playful with ballet friends and her dogs. Settled in Paris, she furnished the house in a glamorous and luxurious manner, in the high of fashion. They had a car with a driver, highbred dogs and art studio on the second floor. They threw receptions and dinner parties. Olga liked expensive clothes, caviar and champagne. But she had good reasons to be sad and preoccupied. Her father, colonel in the Russian Imperial Army, disappeared in the chaos of the Bolshevik revolution. While Olga and Picasso were climbing the Paris social ladder, her family lost everything. In 1921, Olga gave birth to a boy named Paulo. It was the happiest period of their family life. Picasso painted many sentimental portraits of Olga and little Paul dressed as harlequin, in a round hat, sitting on a donkey. Picasso idealised Olga on canvas as model of perfect motherhood after the birth of his first son. But soon the relationship began to go wrong since he fell Inin love with a 17 year old girl that he met on the street. From then on, the family union deteriorated. +216
He portrayed Olga as melancholic, often sitting or reading. First his view of her was carnal, but as time went by, his ardour cooled. Later as their marriage soured, she appears in his paintings as deformed and contorted by pain and regret. In 1927, Picasso, then 45, began a nine year affair with 17 year old French girl, Marie-Therese Walter who gave him a daughter, Maya. Infatuated with the blond young girl, he was leading a double life. In 1935, Olga learned of the affair and even that his lover was pregnant. Immediately, Olga took Paulo, moved to the south of France and filed for divorce. Picasso refused to divide his property so he kept her legally married to him until her death in 1955. The exhibition allows a really fascinating study of the direct links between the artist, his love life and painting styles. Confidential documents show a more nuanced view of their relationship. Olga is a very mysterious woman. In his portraits and photos of her she doesnâ€™t smile a lot... but when you see her in films, she is actually very joyous and girllike.
She was known for her jealousy fits but obviously there was real tension. Did Picasso had love and respect for her? He too was a prisoner of their situation, which he expressed in comparing himself to the imprisoned Minotaur, mythological being half-man half-bull. They separated but she still depended on him financially. Olga had real trouble accepting the separation. She was completely alone and suffered great emotional pain. After the war when Picasso settled in the south of France, Olga followed him, going from hotel to hotel, living out of her suitcase, while their son, Paulo, became his fatherâ€™s chauffeur. She would send Picasso little cards with photographs of Paulo and the grandchildren as if they were still a family. But Picasso never replied to her letters and wanted nothing of the reconciliation and conventional family life that Olga craved.
AGNES B + IMPRESIONISMO + MANISH ARORA + KARL LARGERFELD + PICASSO + CHOPARD + PAUL KLEE + LEONARD PARIS + MARTÍN CHIRINO + ISSEY MIYAKE +...