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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Spanish (Malaga, Spain 1881 - 1973 Mougins, France)
The Bathers
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Graphite on cream wove paper
23 x 31.9 cm (9 1/16 x 12 9/16 in.)
framed: 39.7 x 47.6 cm (15 5/8 x 18 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: graphite, l.r.: Picasso / 18
[Paul Rosenberg, Paris], sold; to Paul J. Sachs, Cambridge, Massachusetts (L. 2091), 1920, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1965.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Paul J. Sachs, Class of 1900: A testimonial to my friend W. G. Russell Allen
© Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
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Publication History

Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Editions Cahiers d'art (Paris, 1932-1978), vol. 3, no. 233, pl. 81

Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), no. 742, fig. 400

Fifteen Drawings [by Picasso], Pantheon Books (Paris, 1946), pl. 7

Paul J. Sachs, Modern Prints and Drawings, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (New York, NY, 1954), pl. 100

Agnes Mongan, De Clouet a Matisse: Dessins français des collections américaines, exh. cat., Musée de l'Orangerie (Paris, 1958), no. 218, pl. 220

Agnes Mongan, Van Clouet tot Matisse: tentoonstelling van franse tekeningen uit amerikaanse collecties, exh. cat., Museum Boymans (Rotterdam, 1958), no. 218, pl. 204b

Agnes Mongan, French Drawings from American Collections: Clouet to Matisse, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 1959), cat. no. 218, pp. 140-41, pl. 204b, repr.

Jakob Rosenberg, Great Draughtsmen from Pisanello to Picasso, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1959), no. 236b, p. 130, xxiv

John Richardson, ed., Picasso: An American Tribute, exh. cat., Public Education Association and Chanticleer Press (New York, 1962), fig. 1

Sidney Simon and Emily S. Rauh, 20th Century Master Drawings, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1963), no. 103

H. Wade White, "Recent Acquisitions: Five 'Testimonials' in the Bequest of Paul J. Sachs", Fogg Art Museum Newsletter (October 1965), vol. 3, no. 1, repr.

Agnes Mongan, Memorial Exhibition: Works of Art from the Collection of Paul J. Sachs [1878-1965]: given and bequeathed to the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, exh. cat., Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, 1965), cat. no. 67, repr.

Jean Leymarie, Picasso: Metamorphose et Unité, Skira (Geneva, Switzerland, 1971), p. 55, repr.

Gary Tinterow, Master Drawings by Picasso, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, Mass., 1981), cat. no. 57, repr.

Kenneth Silver, Esprit de Corps: The Art of the Parisian Avant-garde and the First World War, 1914-1925, Thames & Hudson (London, 1989), fig. 181, p. 272

Elizabeth Cowling, Picasso: Style and Meaning, Phaidon Press Limited (London, 2002), pp. 402-404, fig. 354 (color)

Laurence Madeline, ed., Picasso Ingres, exh. cat., Réunion des Musées Nationaux and Librairie Arthème Fayard (Paris, 2004), cat. no. 7, repr. p. 84 (color)

Elizabeth Cowling and Richard Kendall, Picasso Looks at Degas, exh. cat., Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA, 2010), fig. 209

Kenneth Clark, The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form, Folio Society (London, 2010), p. 3, repr. in color p. 5 as fig. 3

Susan Grace Galassi and Marilyn McCully, Picasso's Drawings 1890-1921: Reinventing Tradition, exh. cat., The Frick Collection and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2011), pp. 238-240, cat. no. 63, ill.

Marilyn McCully, Michael Raeburn, and Jean-Louis Andral, Picasso: Cote d'Azur, exh. cat., Les Éditions Hazan (Monaco, 2013), p. 16-17, fig. 4, ill.

Julie Pierotti, The Real Beauty: The Artistic World of Eugenia Errázuriz, exh. cat., Dixon Gallery and Gardens (Memphis, TN, 2018), pp. 61-62, fig. 33, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

Drawings from the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University (Collected by Paul J. Sachs), Century Club, New York, 05/12/1947 - 09/25/1947

Picasso, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 05/20/1957 - 12/01/1957

French Drawings from American Collections: Clouet to Matisse, Museum Boymans, Rotterdam, 07/31/1958 - 09/28/1958; Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, 10/24/1958 - 01/02/1959; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 02/03/1959 - 03/15/1959

20th Century Master Drawings, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 11/06/1963 - 01/05/1964; University of Minnesota Art Gallery, Minneapolis, 02/03/1964 - 03/15/1964; Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/06/1964 - 05/24/1964

Memorial Exhibition: Works of Art from the Collection of Paul J. Sachs [1878-1965] Given and Bequeathed to the Fogg Art Museum Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 11/15/1965 - 01/15/1966; Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 12/19/1966 - 02/26/1967

Master Drawings by Picasso, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/20/1981 - 04/05/1981; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 04/29/1981 - 06/14/1981; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 07/11/1981 - 08/23/1981

Picasso: Drawings of the Classical Period, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, 12/04/1987 - 01/31/1988

The Harvard Society for Contemporary Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/29/1992 - 03/07/1993

Instrument of Invention: Picasso and Drawing from 1907-1938, Pace Wildenstein Gallery (57th St.), New York, 04/28/1995 - 06/20/1995

The Heavenly Twins: Edward W. Forbes, Paul J. Sachs and the Building of a Collection, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/23/1995 - 12/17/1995

Picasso Ingres, Musée Picasso, Paris, 03/16/2004 - 06/21/2004

Picasso's Drawings, 1890–1921: Reinventing Tradition, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 02/05/2012 - 05/06/2012

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