Thomas Laughlin, New York (acquired from the above circa 1938)
Michael Laughlin, Aiken, South Carolina (by descent from the above in 1966)
Acquavella Galleries, New York (acquired from the above in 1976)
Private Collection, Japan
Grosvenor Fine Arts Ltd, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, Eating Fire: Picasso's discovery of Paris (1900-1907), 2011
John Richardson, A Life of Picasso, Volume I: 1881-1906, New York, 1991, illustrated p. 172
Picasso i els 4 Gats. La clau de la modernidat (exhibition catalogue), Barcelona, Museu Picasso, 1995, illustrated p. 154
The Picasso Project, ed., Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture, Turn of the Century, 1900-1901, Barcelona, Madrid and Paris, San Francisco, 2010, no. 1900-267, illustrated p. 74
Picasso attended the Universal Exhibition several times during the weeks it was on view, first to see his own work, which was criticized for being hung too high, and then returned to see the paintings of David, Corot and Manet. In this drawing, we see Picasso (second from the left) leaving the show, accompanied by several people who were significant in his life at this time. To his right is his girlfriend Odette (Louise Lenoir), who allegedly spoke no Spanish and had the “good habit of getting drunk every night.” Joining them to his left are his friends, the artists Ramon Pichot, Miguel Utrillo, Carlos Casagemas and Germaine Gargallo. These were the major players with whom Picasso gallivanted about the city and some of the first people to inspire his art as an adult.
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