This is one of dozens of drawings that Picasso made on the backs of business cards for the cotton factory owned by the family of his friends Juan and Sebastián Juñer-Vidal. It shows him developing an inscrutable, hieratic pose that he would use several times in paintings made over the next three years.
Inscription: Signed in black ink, lower right: Picasso
Sebastián Juñer Vidal, Barcelona (ca. 1902–at least 1932; probably acquired from the artist); by descent to Carles Juñer Vidal, Barcelona; [Knoedler & Co., New York, until 1960; sold in 1960 to Payson]; Joan Whitney (Mrs. Charles Shipman) Payson, Manhasset, New York (1960–d. 1975; her bequest to MMA)
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