Pablo Picasso
Circus Artist and Child 1905

Artwork details

Pablo Picasso 1881–1973
Circus Artist and Child
Artiste de cirque et enfant
Date 1905
Medium Ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 168 x 105 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Mrs A.F. Kessler 1983
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T03571 Circus Artist and Child 1905

Indian ink and watercolour on paper 6 5/8 × 4 1/8 (168 × 105)
Not inscribed
Bequeathed by Mrs A.F. Kessler 1983
Prov: C. Frank Stoop; Mrs Kessler 1933
Exh: The Kessler Collection, Wildenstein Gallery, October–November 1948 (23, as ‘The Circus Artist’); The Kessler Bequest, Tate Gallery, February–April 1984 (not numbered, repr.)
Lit: Pierre Daix and Georges Boudaille, Picasso 1900–1906: Catalogue Raisonné de l'Oeuvre Peint, Neuchâtel, 1966, no.D.XII. 8, p.269, repr. as ‘Artiste de Cirque et Enfant’ Paris 1905; Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Paris, 1970, XXII, no.224, repr. p.81 as ‘Saltimbanque au Diadème, allaitant son Bébé’ 1905

The girl, wearing a tiara and dancing shoes, and feeding her baby, appears to be a circus artist. Picasso made many drawings and paintings of the private life of circus folk at this period. This drawing was probably done from life on the page of a sketchbook, and is not related to any other known work.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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