Les Saltimbanques

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)

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A family of nomadic circus performers, known as “saltimbanques,” was a favorite subject of Picasso’s lyrical Rose Period (so named for the cheerful colors of his paintings between 1904 and 1906). These people were outsiders in French society, as was the Spaniard Picasso during his first years in Paris.

Picasso’s recent drawings and watercolors were featured in his first show held at Stieglitz’s 291 gallery in 1911.

Object Information

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

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