Following the completion of "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" in 1907 (The Museum of Modern Art, New York), Picasso began to work on compositions in which figures (one, two, or three) melded into their surroundings, as if they were emerging from drapery or clay. This watercolor and the adjacent work, possibly made on the same day, show Picasso revising and perfecting his ideas as he worked step-by-step through certain problems he had set for himself. Although this is a study made with a painting in mind, Picasso was careful to make a drawing that had value as an independent work of art.
Inscription: Signed in charcoal, lower right: Picasso
[Galerie Percier (André Level), Paris, by 1942]; Dr. Avrom Barnett, New York (by the late 1950s; his family's gift in 1967 to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries," November 14, 1970–June 1, 1971, not in catalogue (removed on November 24,1970 for Exh. Los Angeles and tour 1970–71).
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The Cubist Epoch," December 15, 1970–February 21, 1971, no. 264.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Cubist Epoch," April 9–June 7, 1971, no. 264.
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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, unnumbered cat. (pp. 16–17).
Brisbane. Queensland Art Gallery. "20th Century Masters from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," May 7–July 1, 1986, unnumbered cat.
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Paris. Musée Picasso. "Picasso 1901–1909: Chefs d'oeuvre du Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," October 21, 1998–January 25, 1999, unnumbered cat. (fig. 35).
Stadthalle Balingen. "Pablo Picasso: Metamorphoses des Menschen; Arbeiten auf Papier, 1895–1972," June 20–September 24, 2000, not in cat.
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Christian Zervos. Pablo Picasso. Vol. 2a, Works from 1906 to 1912. Paris, 1942, p. 49, no. 101, ill.
Jacob Bean and John J. McKendry. "A Rich Harvest." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 26 (March 1968), p. 305, ill.
"Acquisitions by Museums of Works by Picasso: Supplement." Burlington Magazine 113 (October 1971), pp. 625–26, fig. 70.
Ulrich Weisner. Zeichnungen und Collagen des Kubismus: Picasso, Braque, Gris. Exh. cat., Kunsthalle Bielefeld. Bielefeld, 1979, p. 266, pl. 21.
Pierre Daix and Joan Rosselet. Picasso, The Cubist Years, 1907–1916: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings and Related Works. Boston, 1979, p. 212, no. 114, ill.