Estate of the artist
Marina Picasso Collection
Private Collection (acquired from the above)
Venice, 1981, both illustrated in the catalogue, recto illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Munich & travelling, 1981-82, both illustrated in the catalogue, recto illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Tokyo & Kyoto, 1983, both illustrated in the catalogue
Melbourne & Sydney, 1984, illustrated in the catalogue
London, 1988, illustrated in the catalogue
Barcelona & Bern, 1992, both illustrated in the catalogue
Berlin, 1999, illustrated in the catalogue
New York & Geneva, 2001-02
Glimcher & Glimcher (ed.), no. 18 (Femme avec enfant), illustrated in colour p. 32 & no. 19 (Deux têtes), illustrated p. 33
According to E.A. Carmean, Jr., the recto illustrates a woman and child with their detailed portrait studies on the verso. He writes: "The woman and child also come from the first state of the Family of Saltimbanques, and like the harlequin, appear in the gouache (fig. 1), the drypoint, and the x-radiograph. But again, the position of the pair in these three versions of the 'Circus Family' composition differs from that shown in sketchbook No. 35… In creating the woman and child in the sketchbook, Picasso first drew them in pen and ink, outlining the figures in firm, summary lines. Details of shading are present in a pattern of long, looping lines, especially on the right side of the child. Similar lines are used to indicate the piles of firewood carried by each figure. Over this pen and ink drawing Picasso has added touches of blue watercolor, particularly for the woman. Then, using only the blue, he has added the landscape elements in the background; the horizon line also accords with the landscape employed in the later works. This blue tonality, which is a hallmark of the earlier blue period, can still be seen in the blue tonality that pervades the Family of Saltimbanques as an underlayer beneath its present ocher surface" (E.A. Carmean, Jr., 'The Saltimbanques Sketchbook No. 35, 1905', in A Glimcher & M Glimcher (ed.), Je suis le cahier, The Sketchbooks of Pablo Picasso, op. cit., pp. 14-15).
Fig. 1 Pablo Picasso, Famille de bateleurs, 1905, ink and watercolour on paper, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Cone Collection
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