Picasso’s curtain for the ballet Le Tricorne set the scene for the Ballets Russes production of 1919 with a quintessentially Spanish vignette: a bullfight (corrida). His bullring, with spectators gathered in a classical arcade, recalls one of his favorite arenas for bullfights, the Roman amphitheater at Nîmes, France, and stays true to traditional colors of the plaza de toros: ochre yellow and reddish orange. It hung like a tapestry from 1959 in the iconic Four Seasons Restaurant in the Seagram Building.
Pablo Picasso, Curtain for the Ballet “Le Tricorne,” 1919. Tempera on canvas, ca. 20 x 19 feet. New-York Historical Society, Gift of New York Landmarks Conservancy, Courtesy of Vivendi Universal, 2014.19. © 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York