Museu Picasso

Ígor Stravinsky

(Oranienbaum, 1882 – New York, 1971)

Between 1910 and 1914 Russian composer Igor Stravinsky lived alternately between his homeland and Paris. As a result of the Russian Revolution he sought permanent exile, and in 1920 settled in France. In 1934 he assumed French nationality and in 1940 he moved to the United States. A disciple of Rimsky-Korsakov's, his first original work was Fireworks (1908), an orchestral composition praised by Sergei Diaghilev. The impresario went on to commission a few ballets from him, among them The Firebird, which was performed in Barcelona by the Ballets Russes in 1917. Stravinsky's extensive oeuvre comprises around a hundred works from three key stages in his career: his Russian production, his Neoclassical period and his serial compositions.

Picasso stripped back his portraits ruthlessly, erasing inessential information, clarifying the main contours. It is a compelling characterisation: not in the least flattering, but testament to the precision of Picasso’s eagle eye, to Stravinsky’s lack of vanity and to their mutual understanding.

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Portrait of Igor Stravinsky in Profile
31 de desembre de 1920
Pencil on paper
34,6 x 24,1 cm
Col·lecció particular

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