Mother and Child by a Fountain

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

Oil on canvas
16 1/8 x 12 7/8 in. (41 x 32.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

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

    Inscription: On verso, at right: several thin, mostly vertical strokes of paint

  • Provenance

    Frank Burty Haviland, Paris (by ca. 1905, until at least 1909; probably acquired from the artist); Roger Dutilleul, Paris (by 1912); Baron Napoléon Gourgaud, Paris; Scofield Thayer, Vienna and New York (ca. 1923–d. 1982; on extended loan to the Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts, 1931–82, inv. 31.755; his bequest to MMA, 1982)

  • Exhibition History

    New York. Montross Gallery. "Original Paintings, Drawings, and Engravings being Exhibited with the Dial Folio 'Living Art'," January 26–February 14, 1924, no. 29.

    Worcester Art Museum. "Exhibition of the Dial Collection of Paintings, Engravings, and Drawings by Contemporary Artists," March 5–30, 1924, no. 29.

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

    New York. Jacques Seligmann & Co. "Picasso: 'Blue' and 'Rose' Periods, 1901–1906: Loan Exhibition," November 2–26, 1936, no. 6.

    Worcester Art Museum. "The Dial and the Dial Collection," April 30–September 8, 1959, no. 74.

    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.

    Worcester Art Museum. "'The Dial': Arts and Letters in the 1920s," March 7–May 10, 1981, no. 114.

    Yokohama Museum of Art. "Treasures from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: French Art from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century," March 25–June 4, 1989, no. 160.

    National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Picasso: The Early Years, 1892–1906," March 30–July 27, 1997, no. 72.

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Picasso: The Early Years, 1892–1906," September 10, 1997–January 4, 1998, no. 72.

    Paris. Museé Picasso. "Paris 1901–1909: Chefs d'oeuvre du Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," October 21, 1998–January 25, 1999, unnumbered cat. (fig. 26).

    Tokyo. National Museum of Western Art. "Picasso's World of Children," March 14–June 18, 2000, no. 19.

    Hannover. Kestner Gesellschaft. "Picasso: Die Umarmung. Spanischen Pavillons der Expo 2000," August 29–September 30, 2000, no. 1.

    Neue Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. "Picasso: Die Umarmung. Spanischen Pavillons der Expo 2000," October 3–December 10, 2000, no. 1.

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "The Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1800–1920," February 4–May 6, 2007, no. 124.

    Berlin. Neue Nationalgalerie. "Französische Meisterwerke des 19. Jahrhunderts aus dem Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," June 1–October 7, 2007, unnumbered cat. (p. 248).

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 27–August 1, 2010, no. 16.

  • References

    Maurice Raynal. Picasso. Munich, 1921, pl. 2.

    Maurice Raynal. Picasso. Paris, 1922, pl. 2.

    Dial 80 (May 1926), ill. opp. p. 357.

    F[rancis]. H[enry]. T[aylor]. "Modern French Painting in the Museum." Bulletin of the Worcester Art Museum 22 (January 1932), p. 70.

    Christian Zervos. Pablo Picasso. Vol. 1,Works from 1895 to 1906. Paris, 1932, p. 54, no. 107, ill.

    Alexandre Cirici Pellicer. Picasso antes de Picasso. Barcelona, 1946, pl. 52.

    Denys Sutton. Picasso, Peintures: Époques bleue et rose. 2nd ed. Paris, 1955, fig. 2.

    Anthony Blunt and Phoebe Pool. Picasso, the Formative Years: A Study of His Sources. London, 1962, pp. 20, 31, fig. 107.

    Helen Kay. Picasso's World of Children. New York, 1965, p. 48, ill.

    Pierre Daix and Georges Boudaille. Picasso: The Blue and Rose Periods: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, 1900–1906. Greenwich, Conn., 1967, p. 195, no. VI.9, ill.

    "2 Shoot a Museum Guard and Flee with 4 Paintings in Worcester," New York Times (May 19, 1972), pp. 1, 34, ill.

    Pierre Cabanne. Le Siècle de Picasso, I: La Jeunesse, le cubisme, le théâtre, l'amour, 1881–1937. Paris, 1975, p. 117.

    Josep Palau i Fabre. Picasso: The Early Years, 1881–1907. New York, 1981, pp. 277, 537, no. 698, ill.

    Michael Brenson. "Met Museum Given Major Private Collection." New York Times 1982 (August 25, 1982), pp. A1, C18, ill.

    Michael Leja. "'Le Vieux Marcheur' and 'Les Deux Risques': Picasso, Prostitution, Venereal Disease, and Maternity, 1899–1907." Art History 8 (March 1985), p. 72.

    Pierre Daix. Dictionnaire Picasso. Paris, 1995, pp. 9, 109, 361–62, 566, 588, 685, 808.

    Julia May Boddewyn in Michael FitzGerald. Picasso and American Art. Exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, 2006, pp. 333, 344.

  • See also