Picasso spent the summer of 1938 in the small hilltop village of Mougins, not far from Cannes on the Côte d'Azur. During his stay he drew and painted a number of works showing men licking ice cream cones or sucking on lollipops. They might be tourists or village youths, such as the swarthy young man shown in this drawing. The drawing was a study for the painting "Man with a Lollipop" (1999.363.69) in which the sitter has been transformed into an old man.
Inscription: Signed and dated, lower right, in graphite: 23.7.38; in black ink: Picasso
[Galerie Käte Perls, Paris and Perls Galleries (Klaus and Frank Perls), New York, from 1938; acquired in 1938 from the artist; sold to Ault]; Lee Ault, New York (by 1944–62; sold in 1962 to Thaw); [E. V. Thaw & Co., New York, 1962–ca. 1963; sold ca. 1963 to Bareiss]; Walter Bareiss, Greenwich, Conn. (ca. 1963–73; exchanged for another work of art ca. 1973 to Thaw); [E. V. Thaw & Co., New York, ca. 1973–77; sold on February 16, 1977 to Gelman]; Jacques and Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1977–his d. 1986); Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1986–d. 1998; her bequest to MMA)
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