- 款識：雕塑家紀年 6.-7.6.58
Marina Picasso (the artist's grandaughter; by descent from the above)
Acquired from the above by the late owner
Munich, Haus der Kunst; Cologne, Josef-Haubrich-Kunsthalle; Frankfurt, Städtische Galerie im Städelschen Kunstinstitut & Zurich, Kunsthaus Zürich, Eine Ausstellung zum hundertsten Geburtstag. Werke aus der Sammlung Marina Picasso, 1981-82, no. 261, illustrated in the catalogue
Berlin, Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz & Düsseldorf, Kunsthalle, Picasso Plastiken, 1983-84, no. 168
Lausanne, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Picasso Contemporain, 1994, no. 49, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Otterlo, Kröller-Müller Museum, Experiment en ruimte. 4 Spaanse beeldhouwers: Picasso, González, Miró en Chillida, 1997-98, no. 12, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Geneva, Musée Barbier-Mueller, Picasso L'Africain, 1998, no. 42, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Schwerin, Staatliches Museum, Pablo Picasso. Der Reiz der Fläche / The Appeal of Surface, 1999, no. 45, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou, Picasso Sculpteur, 2000, no. 248
Geneva, Galerie Jan Krugier, Ditesheim & Cie., Pablo Picasso Metamorphoses. Œuvres de 1898 à 1973 de la collection Marina Picasso, 2001, no. 93, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Bern, Kunstmuseum Bern, Picasso und die Schweiz, 2001-02, no. 152, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
New York, Jan Krugier Gallery, Pablo Picasso Metamorphoses. Works from 1898 to 1973 from the Marina Picasso Collection, 2002, no. 93, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Barcelona, Museu Picasso, Picasso de la caricatura a las metamorfosis de estilo, 2003, no. 266, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
New York, Jan Krugier Gallery, The Fire under the Ashes: From Picasso to Basquiat, 2003-04, illustrated in the catalogue
Stuttgart, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Picasso Badende, 2005, no. 124, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Werner Spies, Picasso. The Sculptures, Catalogue Raisonné of the Sculptures, Ostfildern & Stuttgart, 2000, no. 509.I, illustrated in colour p. 316 (illustration reversed)
Picasso. The Mediterranean Years 1945-1962 (exhibition catalogue), Gagosian Gallery, London, 2010, illustrated in a photograph p. 246
Bathers were a recurring theme in Picasso's œuvre, and one which lent itself to every permutation of his changing styles and concerns. Starting in the early Cubist period, through the Neo-Classical bathers of the early 1920s and the Surrealist figures of the late 1920s and early 1930s, and continuing to La Joie de vivre (Musée Picasso, Antibes) of 1946, figures cavorting, washing and playing on the seashore populate every facet of his remarkable career. From 1918 onward, Picasso spent many summers on the Mediterranean, staying at various places along the coast, before eventually buying La Californie in 1955. This large and ornate nineteenth century villa overlooked the beaches of Cannes and had views of the Golfe Juan and Antibes. This move coincided with a change in the artist's outlook, when he began to respond directly to the visual stimuli of his Mediterranean surroundings, replacing the erotic encounters and mythical figures of the 1920s and 1930s with contemporary bathers and water-sport practitioners.
The primitive appearance of Le jeune homme reflects the powerful influence of the African sculptures Picasso collected assiduously throughout his life. These extraordinary figures and masks made a profound impact on his work. As early as 1907, when in creating his earliest Cubist works, such as the Demoiselles d’Avignon, the ‘primitive’ features of African sculpture are evident. Picasso’s enthusiasm for the aesthetic of the African tribes from Burkina Faso and Gabon remained undimmed and traces of it are found in works from every period of his œuvre. Sculptures such as the standing male figure carved by a member of the Galoan people (fig. 3), which Picasso owned possess a correspondingly hieratic quality to the sculptures he created in the late 1950s.
Picasso also executed a bronze version of Le jeune homme, which was cast by the Valsuani foundry in an edition of 2.