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The Frugal Meal

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
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

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.
  • ?-1929
    (C.W. Kraushaar Art Galleries, New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Planas, Claustre Raffart. "Early Works and the Blue Period." In Picasso and Paper. William H. Robinson, et al., 62-79. London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2020. Reproduced: P. 77, cat. no. 50
  • The Art of Printmaking. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 17, 1959-January 2, 1960).
  • {{cite web|title=The Frugal Meal|url=false|author=Pablo Picasso, Louis Fort|year=September 1904, printed 1913|access-date=17 June 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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