Picasso Sculpture: For Kids

Pablo Picasso. Baboon and Young. Vallauris, October 1951 (cast 1955) 738

Bronze, 21 x 13 1/4 x 20 3/4" (53.3 x 33.3 x 52.7 cm). Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund. © 2022 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Narrator: Picasso made sculptures into toys, but sometimes he made toys into sculptures! This is a sculpture of a baboon – a kind of monkey.

Narrator: But look closely at this baboon’s head. Do you recognize what it’s made of?  

Narrator: Two toy cars! The two hoods make up the baboon’s nose and mouth – and the windshield on top is where the eyes look out. The cars belonged to Picasso’s son, Claude.

Picasso used cup handles for the Baboon’s ears. Its body is a jug. Now look around at the tail.  It’s a spring from a car!

Nancy Lim: Picasso loved animals!

Narrator: That’s Nancy Lim, again:

Nancy Lim: As a child he carried pigeons to school as pets. He had three Siamese cats. He had dogs throughout his life. He had at least two monkeys, a tortoise. He had goats. He also kept a tame white mouse that lived in one of his table drawers. And his greatest dream was to have a tiger. One of his friends wrote later: "If it had been up to Picasso, he would have always surrounded himself with a regular Noah's Ark."

Narrator: Keep your eyes open for more animal sculptures in this room. I’ll give you some hints to find them:

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