Three etchings in the bathers series depict the rescue of a drowning swimmer, two of which are on view here. Picasso's mistress at that time, Marie-Thérèse Walter, appears repeatedly - and in multiple roles - in all three compositions: she is the victim, the rescuer, and the onlooker.
Signature: Stamped in ink lower right: "Picasso"
Inscription: In graphite at lower left: 26/50
Reiss-Cohen Inc.; Donor: Reiss-Cohen Inc.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 27–August 1, 2010.