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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


Recorded Ownership History
[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; The Museum of Modern Art, 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 national Picasso-Paris, 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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