Picasso – El telón para Le Tricorne (The Three Cornered Hat)

Diaghilev retained the rights to the curtain, which he sold in 1928 to a Swiss collector. Before the sale, the borders of marbleized paper -of considerable dimensions- were cut off. In the 1950s, it was purchased and restored by Seagram. Since the Seagram Building was completed in 1958-59 -under the design made by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe– the 22 feet high curtain painted in 1919 for Diaghilev’s production of Manuel de Falla‘s Ballet Le Tricorne is displayed in the corridor that links the Grill Room with the Pool Room at The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City. The Bronfmans intended to display works of some of the finest modern artists, particularly Picasso, who had been asked to create a large painting for the Pool Room. Since he had no time for such a project, he suggested they could adquire this curtain -at a price around $50,000. It had apparently be proposed to the MoMA but was too huge to install there. Le Tricorne drop curtain is yet visible from Park Avenue. (Vogel Carol, Vivendi Picks Auction Houses To Sell Seagram Building Art. The New York Times, February 11, 2003).

  • Cited in Pedro Mogna’s Term Paper  to Professor Robert Lubar
  • Art in Spain from the Generation of 1898 to the Civil War
  • Institute of Fine Arts
  • MA Visual Arts Administration-NYU, 2003
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