Le Tricorne was a portfolio with one etching (in the first 50 copies) and 31 pochoir compositions on loose sheets taken from the costume- and stage-designs Picasso made for the Russian ballet ‘Le Tricorne’.
Executed au pochoir by Les Ateliers André Marty et Daniel Jacomet & Cie.
Le Tricorne was published by Paul Rosenberg. He became Picasso’s dealer in 1918 and respresented the artist until 1940.
The gallery of Paul Rosenberg was situated at No. 21 Rue La Boitie in 1911. Seven years later, Picasso moved into an apartment in the same street with his first wife, Olga Khokhlova, and the two men initiated what would become a long personal and professional relationship. In 1919, Rosenberg organized for the first time an exhibition of Picasso’s drawings and watercolours related to the artist’s designs for Sergei Diaghilev’s production of the ballet Le Tricorne. It is likely that Dix Pochoirs was published around the same time; notably, the individual pochoirs bear a strong resemblance to some of Picasso’s set and costume designs for Parade , another ballet composed for Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes in 1917. Picasso and many of his contemporaries such as Henri Matisse built a rich tradition of designing for the Ballet Russes, blending their distinctive visual styles with the company’s groundbreaking choreography and music composed by the likes of Eric Satie and Igor Stravinsky.
The gallery of Paul Rosenberg
The exceptional quality of the printing, perfected in its painstaking detail and color matching, met international acclaim.