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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Spanish (Malaga, Spain 1881 - 1973 Mougins, France)
A Mother and Child and Four Studies of Her Right Hand, 1904; verso: Self-Portrait Standing, 1903
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Black crayon on tan wove paper; verso: black ink
33.8 x 26.7 cm (13 5/16 x 10 1/2 in.)
framed: 54.6 x 44.5 cm (21 1/2 x 17 1/2 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Charles Vignier, Paris, sold; to Paul J. Sachs, Cambridge, Massachusetts (L. 2091), 1929, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1965.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Meta and Paul J. Sachs
© 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. 1, no. 220, pl. 98 (recto); vol. 22, no. 117, pl. 38 (verso)
  • Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), no. 741, fig. 399
  • Masterpieces of 19th and 20th Century French Drawing from the Fogg Museum..., brochure, Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI, 1941), checklist no. 54
  • Fifteen Drawings [by Picasso], Pantheon Books (Paris, 1946), pl. 2
  • Agnes Mongan, De Clouet a Matisse: Dessins français des collections américaines, exh. cat., Musée de l'Orangerie (Paris, 1958), no. 211, pl. 211
  • Agnes Mongan, Van Clouet tot Matisse: tentoonstelling van franse tekeningen uit amerikaanse collecties, exh. cat., Museum Boymans (Rotterdam, 1958), no. 211, pl. 196
  • Agnes Mongan, French Drawings from American Collections: Clouet to Matisse, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 1959), cat. no. 211, pp. 136-37, pl. 196, repr.
  • Agnes Mongan, Great Drawings of All Time, ed. Ira Moskowitz and Victoria Thorson, Shorewood Publishers Inc. (New York, 1962), cat. no. 855, n.p., 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. 66, repr.
  • Carlton Lake, "A Legacy of Masterpieces: Paul Sachs's Gift to the Fogg Museum", Boston (March 1966), vol. 58, no. 3, repr. p. 22
  • Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), no. 300, p. 256, repr.
  • Masterpieces of world art : Fogg Art Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1997
  • Duane Preble and Sarah Preble, Artforms: An Introduction to the Visual Arts, Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers Inc. (New York, NY, 1999), fig. 67, p. 45
  • James Harper, Verso: The Flip Side of Master Drawings, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2001), cat. no. 26, repr. (recto and verso), p. 13
  • 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. 103-107, fig. Cat. no. 16, fig. 16.1, ill.
  • William H. Robinson, Picasso and the Mysteries of Life: La Vie, exh. cat., Cleveland Museum of Art and D. Giles (Cleveland,OH and London, 2012), p. 97, repr. as fig. 113
  • Pascal Bonafoux, Picasso par Picasso: Autoportraits 1894-1972, Editions du Seuil (Paris, 2021), Plate 77, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

  • Masterpieces of 19th and 20th Century French Drawing from the Fogg Museum of Art at Harvard University and the Museum of Modern Art of New York City, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 05/01/1941 - 06/01/1941
  • Drawings from the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University (Collected by Paul J. Sachs), Century Club, New York, 05/12/1947 - 09/25/1947
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Verso: The Flip Side of Master Drawings, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/19/2001 - 08/12/2001
  • Picasso's Drawings, 1890–1921: Reinventing Tradition, The Frick Collection, New York, 10/04/2011 - 01/08/2012
  • Picasso: War, Combat, and Revolution, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/20/2024 - 05/05/2024

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