The Saltimbanques

The Frugal Meal

September 1904, printed 1913
(Spanish, 1881–1973)
(French, active 1800s–1900s)
Image: 46.2 x 37.7 cm (18 3/16 x 14 13/16 in.)
© Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Catalogue raisonné: Geiser 2; Bloch 1
State: IIb/II (Geiser)
Location: not on view
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To create this print, Pablo Picasso recycled a zinc plate previously used by a friend.


In this early print, Pablo Picasso depicted a couple -- possibly two performers -- sitting before a meager meal. Although the woman gazes forward directly, her male companion's unfocused stare suggests his blindness. This subject was one that Picasso explored during his Blue Period (1901-1904), a stage of his career when he used a predominantly cool palate to depict figures marginalized by society.
The Frugal Meal

The Frugal Meal

September 1904, printed 1913

Pablo Picasso, Louis Fort

(Spanish, 1881–1973), (French, active 1800s–1900s)
Spain, 20th century

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