Les Saltimbanques

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Les Saltimbanques

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)


Saltimbanques, vagabond circus performers, began appearing in Picasso's work when his palette became light and lyrical as he entered his Rose Period in 1905.

Picasso created his first fourteen etchings in 1905, but printed few impressions.  Vollard acquired the copper etching plates from Picasso, had them steel-faced to reinforce the most delicate lines and had them printed by Louis Fort in editions of 250.

Object Information

artist
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
creation date
1905, printed 1913
materials
steel-faced drypoint
dimensions
22 x 28 in.
accession number
54.16
credit line
Carl H. Lieber Memorial Fund
copyright
© Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors