Old Man and Youth

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France)
Charcoal on paper
9 1/2 x 6 1/4 in. (24.1 x 15.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
This drawing, like many others made at the beginning of his stay at Gósol, did not result in a canvas. However, the idea of male nudity was carried through in other paintings, and this sheet suggests that Picasso was considering a work that would contrast the Ages of Man. The anonymous adolescent reappears frequently in work made at Gósol, while the elder figure bears the features of Josep Fondevila, Picasso's aged and patient innkeeper. Although several drawings show Fondevila nude, it is not known whether Fondevila posed for them or simply inspired them.
Inscription: Signed in graphite, lower right: Picasso
[Würthle & Sohn, Vienna, until 1922; sold on February 5, 1922, for Fr. 500, to Thayer]; Scofield Thayer, Vienna and New York (1922–d. 1982; on extended loan to Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Mass., as part of the Dial Collection, 1939–82, inv. 39.1702; his bequest to MMA)

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Worcester Art Museum. "'The Dial': Arts and Letters in the 1920s," March 7–May 10, 1981, no. 116.

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Kunstmuseum Bern. "Picasso, 1905–1906: De l'epoca rosa als ocres de Gósol," May 8–June 26, 1992, no. 129.

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