[Picasso, Pablo. (1881–1973)] Stravinsky, Igor. (1882–1971) "Portrait of Igor Stravinsky in Profile, 31 December 1920" - SIGNED BY STRAVINSKY
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Complete program from a performance of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, 10/11 December, 1946, guest conducted by Igor Stravinsky and signed in fountain pen "I Stravinsky" above a reproduction of a portrait of the composer by Picasso. Orig. printed wrappers, 8vo, 20 pp. Horizontal and vertical creases, somewhat toned, else fine.
Both pioneers within their own movements, Picasso and Stravinsky became friends in Italy just before the First World War in 1917, brought together by Sergei Diaghilev, the savvy impresario of the Ballets Russes who was toying with the idea of commissioning a ballet. The two men immediately hit it off and spent a great deal of time immersing themselves in the popular culture of Rome and Naples. They continued their friendship by exchanging small pieces of art and music by mail, and the present portrait is one of three made of the composer by Picasso during this time. Eventually, they collaborated together on ‘Ragtime’ and, two years later, Diaghilev commissioned his ballet, Pulcinella, for which Picasso designed the sets and costumes.