Harlequin, one of Pablo Picasso’s most celebrated and easily recognizable images, was painted in 1917 and made during his five month stay in Spain. Influenced by his recent journey to Italy and revitalized attention to sixteenth century painting, Picasso was touring Europe with the Ballet Russes (only a year later he would marry the Russian ballerina Olga Kolkova) after having designed costumes for their production of the ballet Parade. Given his involvement with the group, it is not surprising that the model for Harlequin was the famous Russian dancer, Leonid Messine, who choreographed Parade and was performing in Barcelona at the time.

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  • Artist: Picasso
  • Year: 1966
  • Reference: Rodrigo 151
  • Size: 22 5/8 x 17 1/4 inches
  • Medium: Color photolithography on Arches
  • Edition: Hand signed in pencil by Picasso & numbered from the edition of 60
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