Marie-Thérèse Walter, in profile at left, watches over this curious scene of a young man partially hidden by a bull's mask sitting next to another figure, who is completely hidden by the mask of a drunken faun. It has been speculated that the figure behind the faun is the old sculptor from Picasso's Vollard Suite, thus supporting a recurring theme in his work: youth and virility versus age and impotency.
Signature: Stamped in ink lower right: "Picasso"
Inscription: In graphite at lower left: 26/50
Reiss-Cohen Inc.; Donor: Reiss-Cohen Inc.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," November 30, 1998–February 8, 1999.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 27–August 1, 2010.