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Old Man and Youth

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

Date:
1906
Medium:
Charcoal on paper
Dimensions:
9 1/2 x 6 1/4in. (24.1 x 15.9cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982
Accession Number:
1984.433.272
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Description

    This drawing, like many others made at the beginning of his stay at Gósol, did not result in a canvas. However, the idea of male nudity was carried through in other paintings, and this sheet suggests that Picasso was considering a work that would contrast the Ages of Man. The anonymous adolescent reappears frequently in work made at Gósol, while the elder figure bears the features of Josep Fondevila, Picasso's aged and patient innkeeper. Although several drawings show Fondevila nude, it is not known whether Fondevila posed for them or simply inspired them.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed in graphite, lower right: ¦Picasso¦

    Inscription: Inscribed on verso in graphite, at bottom (in another hand?): 1e

  • Exhibition History

    New York: The New York Studio School, October 24 - November 11, 1995. ¦The Spanish School: From Goya to Picasso¦

    Paris, France: Musee National Picasso, October 15, 1998 - January 15, 1999. ¦Picasso: 1901 -1909¦

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