Portrait of Pablo Picasso pen and ink 25 x 19.5cm (9 13/16 x 7 11/16in).
EXHIBITED: Paris, Le Salon des Peintres du Spectacle, Cocteau, 1995 Bruxelles, Musee d'Ixelles, Jean Cocteau, 1991 Baden-Baden, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Jean Cocteau, 1989, no.61
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was one of the most recognized and influential artists of the 20th century. Co-founder and the force behind the Cubist movement, his style developed throughout six decades of prolific artistic production, encompassing painting, sculpture, ceramics and set design. A pivotal figure of international artistic development throughout his lifetime, Picasso was associated with the main artistic figures of the century: Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dali to name but a few. Cocteau met Picasso in 1915 and later said "I admired his intelligence, and clung to everything he said, for he spoke little; I kept still so as not to miss a word." He introduced him to Diaghilev, a meeting that led to Picasso designing the set for Parade's 1917 premiere in Rome, (where Picasso met his future wife Olga) and again collaborating on the production of Antigone (1922), with Coco Chanel's eye-catching costumes. Despite a degree of artistic rivalry (Picasso was heard to comment "Cocteau is the tail of my comet") Picasso and Cocteau remained close friends for nearly 50 years.