The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of February 21, 2018

Head of a Boy, 1905-1906

Opaque matte paint, possibly tempera, Sheet: 24.6 x 18.6 cm (9 5/8 x 7 5/16 in.). Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1958.43

The delicate facial features, pensive lips, and almond-shaped eyes of this dreamy adolescent are characteristic of similar figures that appear repeatedly in Picasso's paintings of harlequin and circus figures of 1905. This work was owned by the American writer and patron of the artist, Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), and a photograph of her apartment in Paris taken around 1907 shows the work hanging there.

signed, lower left, in paint: Picasso / 905

New York 1937, no. 4; cma 1939a; New York 1947a, no. 27; New York 1970, 91, 166, pl. 39; cma 1973b; Cincinnati 1981, 13; cma 1991e.
The Cleveland Museum of Art (8/27/00 - 10/17/00); NY, NY: The Pierpont Morgan Library (5/24/01- 8/19/01); Museum of Fine Arts Houston (10/14/01 - 1/6/02); "Master Drawings from The Cleveland Museum of Art", exh. cat. no. 95, pp. 228-229; p.296.
CMA (organizer). Cleveland Museum of Art, Oct. 21, 2007- January 13, 2008: "Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art"
The Metroploitan Museumof Art, NY (2/21/2012 - 6/3/2012): 'The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso and the Parisian Avante-Garde", Plate 72, ex. cat. no. 294, p. 119.

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