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Maternal Joy

Artist:
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France )
Printer:
Printed by Jacques Frélaut (French)
Publisher:
Published by Galerie Louise Leiris (Paris ) , 1981
Date:
1922, printed 1961
Medium:
Etching
Dimensions:
plate: 3 15/16 x 5 7/8 in. (10 x 14.9 cm) sheet: 8 3/8 x 10 3/4 in. (21.3 x 27.3 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Reiss-Cohen Inc., 1983
Accession Number:
1983.1212.3
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
The birth of Picasso's first son, Paulo, in February 1921 inspired this tender etching of a mother and child. Their rotund bodies are typical of his monumental heads and nudes of this period. The pose of the playful child is very close to Poussin's depiction of Cupid wrestling a baby satyr in his painting Venus and Mercury (ca. 1627-29, Dulwich Picture Gallery), which Picasso likely knew from a reproduction.
Signature: Stamped in ink lower right: "Picasso"

Inscription: In graphite at lower left: 26/50
Donor: Reiss-Cohen Inc.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 27, 2010–August 1, 2010.

Bloch 49; Geiser/Baer 66.B.b.1; Reiss-Cohen 2
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