The Blind Man

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Spanish (Malaga, Spain 1881 - 1973 Mougins, France)
The Blind Man, 1903
20th century
Watercolor on cream wove paper mounted on canvas
53.9 x 35.8 cm (21 1/4 x 14 1/8 in.)
framed: 77 x 59 cm (30 5/16 x 23 1/4 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906
, 1951.56
signed: l. r.: Picasso 19[03]
Possibly [D. H. Kahnweiler, Paris]. Possibly B. Schüler, Bochum. [Galerie Pierre, Paris], sold; to [René Gimpel, Paris], sold; to Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, 1930, by exchange; to [Edouard Jonas, Paris and New York], 1936. Valentine Gallery, New York, sold; to Maurice Wertheim, New York, 1936, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1951.

NOTE: Provenance derived from a letter from The Toledo Museum of Art, 31 August 1978, in the curatorial file, and "Degas to Matisse: The Maurice Wertheim Collection," John O'Brian; Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1988.
Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Editions Cahiers d'art (Paris, 1932-1978), vol. 1, no. 172, pl. 81

Alfred M. Frankfurter, "Today's Collectors: Modern Milestones", Art News (June 1946), vol. XLV, no. 4, repr. in b/w p. 31

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, brochure, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1970), checklist no. 16

Gary Tinterow, Master Drawings by Picasso, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, Mass., 1981), p. 250

John O'Brian, Degas to Matisse: the Maurice Wertheim Collection, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc./Fogg Art Museum (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, 1988), no. 25, pp. 109-111, repr. p. 110

Norman Mailer, Portrait of Picasso as a Young Man: An Interpretive Biography, Atlantic Monthly Press (New York, 1995), ill. p. 76

Sarah Symmons, Goya, Phaidon (London, England, 1998), p. 325, fig. 209 (color)

Elizabeth M. Rudy, "Researching the Wertheim Collection at the Harvard Art Museums", Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals (Summer 2014), Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 301-6, p. 302

Exhibition History
The Harvard Society for Contemporary Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/29/1992 - 03/07/1993