Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Three Bathers Reclining by the Shore

Artist:
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France)
Date:
1920
Medium:
Graphite on paper
Dimensions:
19 1/2 x 25 1/4 in. (49.5 x 64.1 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982
Accession Number:
1984.433.279
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
This is the second in a pair of drawings executed on the same day at the fashionable resort of Juan-les-Pins, on the French Riviera. The foreground figure is a quotation of Ingres's Grande Odalisque (1814, Musée du Louvre, Paris). The American publisher Scofield Thayer bought the drawings soon after they were made. As Thayer intended to illustrate works from his collection in his magazine, The Dial, he favored drawings and pastels over paintings, which were difficult to reproduce accurately.
Inscription: Signed and dated in graphite, lower right: ¦Picasso¦ / 20
Dated and inscribed on verso in graphite, lower right: 22-8-20- / (II)
[Paul Rosenberg, Paris, by 1922–24; sold on July 7, 1924 to Thayer]; Scofield Thayer, Vienna and New York (1924–d. 1982; on extended loan to the Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts, 1934–82, inv. 34.78; his bequest to MMA)

Munich. Moderne Galerie (Heinrich Thannhauser). "Pablo Ruiz Picasso," 1922, no. 45.

New York. Montross Gallery. "Original Paintings, Drawings, and Engravings Being Exhibited with the Dial Folio 'Living Art'," January 26–February 14, 1924, unnum. checklist.

Worcester Art Museum. "Exhibition of the Dial Collection of Paintings, Engravings, and Drawings by Contemporary Artists," March 5–30, 1924, no. 31.

Northampton, Mass. Hillyer Art Gallery, Smith College. "The Dial Collection," May 1924, no catalogue.

Hartford. Wadsworth Atheneum. "Pablo Picasso," February 6–March 1, 1934, no. 111.

Worcester Art Museum. "The Art of the Third Republic: French Painting 1870–1940," February 22–March 16, 1941, no. 44.

Worcester Art Museum. "The Dial and the Dial Collection," April 30–September 8, 1959, no. 195.

Worcester Art Museum. "Selections from the Dial Collection," November 13–30, 1965, unnum. checklist.

Worcester Art Museum. "The Dial Revisited," June 29–August 22, 1971, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Selection Two: Twentieth-Century Art," June 4–September 2, 1985, no catalogue.

Canberra. Australian National Gallery. "20th Century Masters from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," March 1–April 27, 1986, unnnumbered cat. (pp. 19–20).

Brisbane. Queensland Art Gallery. "20th Century Masters from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," May 7–July 1, 1986, unnnumbered cat.

Kunsthalle Bielefeld. "Picassos Klassizismus: Werke von 1914-1934," April 17-July 31, 1988, no. 28.

Málaga. Palacio Episcopal. "Picasso clasico," October 10, 1992–January 11, 1993, no. 17.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Nudes: A Selection from the Bequest of Scofield Thayer," February 12–October 1993, no catalogue.

West Palm Beach, Fla. Norton Gallery of Art. "Pablo Picasso: A Vision," March 2–April 3, 1994, no. 15.

Tokyo. Bunkamura Museum of Art. "Pikaso ten: Kaikan 10-shunen kinen/Pablo Picasso: 10th Anniversary," July 4–September 6, 1998, no. 54.

Nagoya City Art Museum. "Pikaso ten: Kaikan 10-shunen kinen/Pablo Picasso: 10th Anniversary," September 12–November 29, 1998, no. 54.

Stadthalle Balingen. "Pablo Picasso: Metamorphoses des Menschen; Arbeiten auf Papier, 1895–1972," June 20–September 24, 2000, no. 88.

Liège, Belgium. Salle Saint Georges. "Pablo Picasso," October 6, 2000–January 31, 2001, no. 73.

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. "Picasso: Bathers," June 18–October 16, 2005, no. 17.

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. "Picasso and the Theater," October 21, 2006–January 21, 2007, unnumbered cat. (p. 199).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 27–August 1, 2010, no. 65.

Houston. The Menil Collection. "Picasso The Line," September 16, 2016–January 8, 2017, unnumbered cat. (p. 83).

Marius de Zayas. "Picasso Speaks: A Statement by the Artist." Arts 3 (May 1923), p. 326, ill.

Dial 76 (June 1924), ill. after p. 492.

Sheldon Cheney. A Primer of Modern Art. New York, 1924, p. 25, ill.

Eugenio d'Ors. Pablo Picasso. Paris, 1930, p. 41, ill.

V[iktor]. Nikodem. Pablo Picasso. Prague, 1936, pl. 21.

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Christian Zervos. Pablo Picasso. Vol. 4, Oeuvres de 1920 à 1922. Paris and New York, 1951, p. 34, no. 105, ill.

Nicholas Joost. Scofield Thayer and The Dial: An Illustrated History. Carbondale, Ill., 1964, pp. xv, 137, ill.

Carsten-Peter Warncke. Pablo Picasso, 1881–1973. Ed. Ingo F. Walther. Vol. 1, The Works 1890–1936. Cologne, 1992, p. 276, ill.

Herschel B. Chipp and Alan Wofsy, ed. The Picasso Project: Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings, and Sculpture, A Comprehensive Illustrated Catalogue, 1885-1973. Vol. 2, Neoclassicism I, 1920–1921. San Francisco, 1995, pp. 84, 284, no. 20–271, ill.

Julia May Boddewyn in Michael FitzGerald. Picasso and American Art. Exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, 2006, pp. 333, 341.



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