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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Throwback Thursday and Olga Khokhlova

Throwback Thursday and Olga Khokhlova

Olga Khokhlova was born on June 17, 1891. She was  inspired to become a ballet dancer when she saw a performance featuring Madame Shoessont in France, and she went on to study in St. Petersburg at the Imperial Ballet School.

She joined Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes, performing in Parade in 1917 where Picasso was in charge of the costumes and set design. Soon, Olga became his first muse, and first wife. They married in the spring of 1917. She retired from dancing soon after, possibly because of a chronic foot injury. A quote from ballerina Alexandra Danilova states that Olga “was nothing – nice, but nothing. We couldn’t discover what Picasso saw in her”.

In February of 1921, the couple had a son, but their marriage soon began to disintegrate. Picasso had met another woman, but didn’t want a divorce since it would have cost him half his property. Therefore, Olga was officially married to Picasso until she died in February 1955 after a  long illness.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Secret #206:
“Ballet Russes ballerina Olga Khokhlova was married to Picasso.”

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Quote of the Day:
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”
― Pablo Picasso

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