Pablo Picasso. Study for Les Demoiselles D'Avignon. Paris, early 1907
Pablo Picasso

Study for Les Demoiselles D'Avignon

Paris, early 1907
Not on view
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
7 1/2 x 8" (18.5 x 20.3 cm) (irregular)
Credit
Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest
Object number
372.1991
Copyright
© 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture

In 1906 and 1907 Picasso worked on many drawings and sketches for Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, his most ambitious work to that point. This small, unstretched canvas—one of Picasso's preparatory oil sketches—provides a window into the artists thought process in conceptualizing Demoiselles. The seven figures in the curtained room of a brothel include two male figures—clients, perhaps: a sailor at center and a medical student standing at left, holding a skull. Neither of these figures is present in the final painting; Picasso shifted the composition so that the women confront the viewer directly.

Gallery label from 2009

Provenance Research Project
This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
Maurice Raynal (1884-1954), Paris; Estate of Maurice Raynal, Paris, 1954; sold through Drouot-Montaigne, Paris to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 28, 1991 (Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest) [1].
[1] Ancienne Collection Maurice Raynal, Drouot-Montaigne, Paris, 28 November, 1991, pp. 8-11, no. 1 (Esquisse pour Les Demoiselles d’Avignon).

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Pictured above: Vasily Kandinsky. Panel for Edwin R. Campbell No. 2 (detail). 1914. Oil on canvas, 64 1/8 x 48 3/8" (162.6 x 122.7 cm). Nelson A. Rockefeller Fund (by exchange). © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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