The Blind Man
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1951.56
People
Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Spanish (Malaga, Spain 1881 - 1973 Mougins, France)
Title
The Blind Man
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1903
Culture
Spanish
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Watercolor on cream wove paper mounted on canvas
Dimensions
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.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l. r.: Picasso 19[03]
Provenance
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.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906
Copyright
© Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
1951
Object Number
1951.56
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
Publication History

Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Editions Cahiers d'art (Paris, 1932-1978), vol. 1, no. 172, pl. 81

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)

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

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

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted