The uncanny resemblance of this figure's face to Picasso's own suggests that he may have begun the drawing as a self-portrait. Very quickly, however, he transformed it into a full-figured bather, reminiscent of the ample nudes that Renoir painted at the end of his career, which Picasso and others in his circle admired. The artist lavished attention on this drawing using a delicate pencil technique.
Inscription: Signed (lower left): Picasso
the artist, Paris (1922–at least 1925; sold between June 1925 and June 1927 to Rosenberg); [Paul Rosenberg, Paris, by 1927; stock no. 1780); Frank Crowninshield, New York (by 1939–43; his sale, Parke Bernet Galleries, New York, October 20, 1943, no. 5); Gregoire Tarnopol, New York (by 1965–d. 1979; his bequest to MMA) and his brother, Alexander Tarnopol, New York (until 1980; his gift to MMA)
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