Catalogue entry

Pablo Picasso 1881-1973

N06023 Coq (Cock) 1932

Inscribed '1/6' and founder's stamp 'CIRE | C. VALSUANI | PERDUE' on side of base
Bronze, 25 5/8 x 21 ¾ x 12 ½ (65 x 55 x 32)
Purchased from the Galerie Louise Leiris (Grant-in-Aid) 1953
Prov: With Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris (purchased from the artist)
Lit: Werner Spies, Picasso Sculpture (London 1972), No.134, pp.100, 304, repr. p.131
Repr: Daniel Henry Kahnweiler, The Sculptures of Picasso (London 1949), pl.57; John Rothenstein, The Tate Gallery (London 1958), pl.17

Picasso made this work at the Château de Boisgeloup, near Gisors, which he had purchased in 1931. He turned the stables into a sculpture studio and in 1931-4 produced there some of his most important sculptures. Though most were of the female figure, they also included this 'Cock' and 'Head of a Heifer', both made in 1932, and another two smaller sculptures of a 'Cock' made the following year. The choice of these particular animal themes was no doubt connected with his move to the countryside.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.606, reproduced p.606