- Gallery Text
Completed when he was just nineteen years old, this is one of a small number of double-sided paintings that Picasso made in 1901. In each, one side of the canvas features a portrait in the manner of late nineteenth-century French artists. The other side, however, shows a different figure, executed in Picasso’s emergent distinctive style. This composition mimics paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec in its palette and short, energetic brushstrokes, while the frontal pose and confrontational gaze of the sitter recall his portraits of the 1890s. This side of the double-sided canvas was traditionally considered the lesser of the two paintings, and it was hung against the wall, hidden from view, in Wertheim’s home.
- Identification and Creation
Level 1, Room 1220, European Art, 19th–20th century, Collection of Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906
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- Physical Descriptions
- Oil on canvas
- sight: 68.6 x 47.6 cm (27 x 18 3/4 in.)
framed: 95.3 x 74 x 7.6 cm (37 1/2 x 29 1/8 x 3 in.)
- Inscriptions and Marks
- Signed: dark blue oil, u.l.: Picasso
- inscription: in red paint, l. r.: S. L. 891.27.
- Pablo Ruiz Picasso, painted, 1901, to Ambroise Vollard, dealer.
Ambroise Vollard, Paris, France, from the artist?.
John Quinn, New York NY, Purchased from Carroll Galleries, NY, 1915.
Paul Rosenberg, Purchased from estate of John Quinn, 1926.
Dr. and Mrs. Harry Bakwin, New York NY.
Maurice Wertheim, New York NY, 1936, Bequest to Fogg Art Museum, 1951.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906
- © Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Modern and Contemporary Art
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- Recto of a two-sided canvas (verso: 1951.55.1)
- Publication History
Loan Exhibition of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 1921), no. 79
John Quinn, 1870-1924, Collection of Paintings, Water Colors, Drawings & Sculpture, Pidgeon Hill Press (Huntington, NY, 1926), p. 13, repr. p. 100
Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Cahiers d'Art (Paris, France, 1932), repr. vol. I, pl. 37, no. 76
Pablo Picasso, exh. cat., Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, CT, 1934), no. 7
Jacques Seligmann, Picasso's "Blue" and "Rose" Periods 1901-1906, exh. cat., Jacques Seligmann Galleries (New York, NY, 1936), repr., no. 7
French Painting since 1870, lent by Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1946), repr. p. 47
La Peinture Française Depuis 1870: Collection Maurice Wertheim, exh. cat., Tom Taylor (Québec, Canada, 1949), p. 51; repr. p. 52
Antonina Vallentin, Pablo Picasso, A. Michel (Paris, France, 1957), p. 52
The Maurice Wertheim Collection: Manet to Picasso, exh. cat., The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, TX, 1962), p. 34, pl. 12
Helen Kay, Picasso's World of Children, Doubleday & Co. (New York, NY, 1965), repr.
Pierre Daix and Georges Boudaille, Picasso: Blue and Rose Periods, Idees et Calendes (Neuchatel, Switzerland, 1966), repr. V. 69 and VI.23
B. L. Reid, The Man from New York: John Quinn and His Friends, Oxford University Press (NY) and Oxford University Press (UK) (New York, NY, 1968), p. 207
The Maurice Wertheim Collection, exh. cat., Maine State Museum (Augusta, ME, 1972), repr., no. 23
Judith Zilczer, 'The Noble Buyer': John Quinn, Patron of the Avant-Garde, exh. cat., Smithsonian Institution Press (Washington, D.C, 1978), p. 176
Josep Palau i Fabre, Picasso, the Early Years, 1881-1907, Rizzoli (New York, NY, 1981), p. 257
Vivien Raynor, "Art: Impressionist Show at the I.B.M. Gallery" [review], The New York Times (New York, NY, April 26, 1985), p. C24
John O'Brian, Degas to Matisse: the Maurice Wertheim Collection, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. and Fogg Art Museum (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, 1988), no. 23, 101-104, p. 156; repr. in color p. 102
Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 124; repr. as no. 833
The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1990), repr. in color no. 34, p. 99
Marilyn McCully, Picasso: The Early Years, 1892-1906, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C, 1997), p. 356, in checklist
Barnaby Wright, ed., Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901, exh. cat., The Courtauld Gallery and Paul Holberton Publishing (London, 2013), p. 51, fig. 18, ill. (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, pp. 302-4
- Exhibition History
Modern European Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 01/01/1933 - 12/31/1933
Pablo Picasso, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, 02/06/1934 - 03/01/1934
Picasso "Blue" and "Rose" Periods, 1901-1906, Jacques Seligmann & Co., New York, 11/01/1936 - 11/30/1936
French Painting since 1870 lent by Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/01/1946 - 09/07/1946; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 07/01/1953 - 09/13/1953
La Peinture Française depuis 1870, Musée de la Province de Quebec, 07/12/1949 - 08/07/1949
The Maurice Wertheim Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 07/01/1952 - 09/14/1952
French Paintings Since 1870 from the Maurice Wertheim Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 06/01/1953 - 09/30/1953
The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 06/15/1957 - 09/15/1957
The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 06/10/1958 - 08/31/1958
The Maurice Wertheim Collection: Modern French Art--Monet to Picasso, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 06/17/1960 - 09/04/1960
The Maurice Wertheim Collection: Manet to Picasso, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, 06/13/1962 - 09/02/1962
The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 06/20/1963 - 09/01/1963
The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, 06/24/1965 - 09/07/1965
The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, 09/03/1968 - 09/22/1968
The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, 06/01/1971 - 09/30/1971
The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Maine State Museum, Augusta, 06/01/1972 - 09/01/1972
Manet to Matisse: The Maurice Wertheim Collection, IBM Gallery of Science and Art, New York, 04/09/1985 - 05/25/1985
The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, Isetan Department Store, Tokyo, 03/01/1990 - 04/10/1990; Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 04/14/1990 - 05/13/1990
Picasso: The Early Years, 1892-1906, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 09/10/1997 - 01/04/1998
Re-View: S427 Impressionist & Postimpressionist Art, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/02/2008 - 06/18/2011
32Q: 1220 Wertheim, Harvard Art Museums, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050
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