Seated Figure

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France )

Ink and wax crayon on a paper card
5 1/4 x 3 5/8 in. (13.3 x 9.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Joan Whitney Payson, 1975
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Description

    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.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed in black ink, lower right: ¦Picasso¦

    Inscription: Inscribed on verso in blue pencil, at left edge (in another hand): WCA 2077 [upside down]

  • Exhibition History

    Kyoto Municipal Museum. "From Goya to Wyeth: The Joan Whitney Payson Collection," September 13–October 12, 1980, no. 64.

    Tokyo. Isetan Museum of Art. "From Goya to Wyeth: The Joan Whitney Payson Collection," October 17–December 9, 1980, no. 64.

    Kunstmuseum Bern. "Der Junge Picasso: Frühwerk und Blaue Periode," December 6, 1984–February 17, 1985, no. 163.

    Paris. Museé Picasso. "Paris 1901–1909: Chefs d'oeuvre du Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," October 21, 1998–January 25, 1999, unnumbered cat. (ill. on back cover).

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

    Liège, Belgium. Salle Saint Georges. "Pablo Picasso," October 6, 2000–January 31, 2001, not in catalogue.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 27–August 1, 2010, no. 19.

  • References

    "Fiestas de la Merced." El Liberal 2, no. 540 (October 5, 1902), p. I, ill.

    Christian Zervos. Pablo Picasso. Vol. 1,Works from 1895 to 1906. Paris, 1932, p. 72, no. 152, ill.

    Alexandre Cirici Pellicer. Picasso antes de Picasso. Barcelona, 1946, p. 152, ill.

    José Camón Aznar. Picasso y el cubismo. Madrid, 1956, pp. 539, 728, fig. 405.

    Maria Teresa Ocaña in Picasso, 1905–1906: De l'epoca rosa als ocres de Gósol. Exh. cat., Museu Picasso. Barcelona, 1992, p. 23, ill.

  • See also