Standing Nude and Seated Musketeer

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France )

Oil on canvas
63 3/4 x 51in. (161.9 x 129.5cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of A. L. and Blanche Levine, 1981
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Description

    In Picasso's universe, the musketeer could be a painter, musician, smoker, or voyeur, but never a fighter. Picasso's dashing soldiers of fortune are ultimately absurd, cartoonish figures whose amorous exploits are more comically libidinous than the sexually predatory behaviors of some of the artist's previous male incarnations.
    In this composition the expansive figure of the musketeer takes center stage, while the nude at his side seems incidental. Nearly all the musketeers Picasso painted in the two months leading up to this work are single, centralized figures, similarly attired, usually cross-legged, and smoking long clay pipes.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed upper right: ¦Picasso¦

    Inscription: Dated on verso in orange paint, upper left 30.11.68

  • Provenance

    [Galerie Louise Leiris (Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler), Paris, until 1969; sold in August to Loria]; [Jeffrey Loria & Co., New York, 1969–70; sold in January 1970 to Levine]; A. L. and Blanche Levine, Verona, New Jersey and Palm Beach, Florida (1970–81; their gift to MMA, 1981)

  • Exhibition History

    Sydney, Australia:Gallery of New South Wales, 11/9/02-2/16/03.
    Picasso: The Last Decades,

    Germany: Kunsthalle Bielefeld, October 17, 1993 - January 31, 1994. ¦Picasso Letze Bilder¦, by Ulrich Weisner. pg. 32.

    Portugal: Museu do Chiado, ¦Picasso e o Mosqueteiro 1967-1972¦, Exh. cat. by Michele Moutashar, Raquel Henriques Da Silva, Eduardo Lourenco, October 28, 1997-February 1, 1998, cat. no. 10, pp. 48-49 text and color plate.

    Tokyo, Japan: Bunkamura Museum of Art, July 4 - September 6, 1998. Nagoya, Japan: The Nagoya City Art Museum, September 15 - November 29, 1998. ¦Pablo Picasso¦, Cat. no. 134, p. 200, illus. in color. p. 31, illus. in b/w.

    Vienna, Austria: Albertina, September 21, 2006-January 14, 2007; Dusseldorf, Germany: February 2-May 28, 2007; Picasso: Painting Against Time.

  • References

    Pablo Picasso. Exh. cat., Nagoya City Art Museum, 1998, pp. 233, 234

    Picasso e o Mosqueteiro 1967-1972. Exh. cat. by Michele Moutashar, Raquel Henriques Da Silva, Eduardo Lourenco. Museuo do Chiado, 1997, cat. no. 10, pp. 48-49, ill. in color.

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