Lot 17
  • 17

Pablo Picasso

700,000 - 1,000,000 USD
965,000 USD
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  • Pablo Picasso
  • La Sortie de L'Exposition Universelle, Paris
  • Signed P. Ruiz Picasso (lower right)
  • Charcoal and color pencils on paper


Galerie Kate Perls, Paris (1938)

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


Paris, Galerie Perls, Picasso, 1900 à 1910. Exposition de tableaux, aquarelles et dessins, 1937, no. 1

Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, Eating Fire: Picasso's discovery of Paris (1900-1907), 2011


Ira Moskowitz, Great Drawings of All Time – The Twentieth Century, New York, vol. I, 1979, illustrated p. 2

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

Catalogue Note

Picasso executed this drawing during his first trip to Paris in the fall of 1900. At this point in his life, Picasso was working as an artist and illustrator in Madrid, but he realized that he needed to establish a foothold in the Parisian art world in order to advance his career. He arrived in Paris in September of 1900 with his friend Carlos Casagemas and stayed for three months during which time he visited the Louvre and the Luxembourg and made the rounds of the commercial galleries including Durand-Ruel, Bernheim-Jeune and Ambroise Vollard.  Picasso was attracted to the works of contemporary illustrators such as Toulouse-Lautrec, who captured the excitement of the city in his swiftly executed drawings of the cabaret. This influence can be seen in the many cartoons and drawings which Picasso made of his trip including the present work in which he depicts himself surrounded by a raucous group of friends after a visit to the Exposition Universelle.

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.