In February 1917 the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) arrived in Rome. Following a well-established tradition for foreign artists, he took up residence in Via Margutta, a quiet and picturesque street, a short distance from the Spanish Steps.
Although Picasso's sojourn in Via Margutta lasted little more than two months, a plaque was erected in 2017 to mark the centenary of his visit. The plaque makes no reference to the shortness of his stay, but rather boldly claims that while he was here he created 'some of his masterpieces' ('alcuni dei suoi capolavori').
It was in Rome that the thirty-something artist met Olga Khokhlova (1881-1955), a Russian ballerina, who would become his first wife.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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