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Cortège (Procession)

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© Succession Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Pablo Picasso

Spanish, 1881-1973

Cortège (Procession), 1933

watercolor and ink wash on paper

sheet: 15 13/16 x 19 15/16 inches (40.16 x 50.64 cm); framed: 23 x 27 x 1 inches (58.42 x 68.58 x 2.54 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of ACG Trust, 1970

1970:2.14

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Inscriptions

inscription / lower left / Cannes. 14 Juillet XXXIII
signature / lower center / Picasso

Provenance

Galerie Simon, Paris;
A. Conger Goodyear;
donated by the estate of Goodyear to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1970

Class

Paintings (visual works)
Drawings (visual works)

Work Type

Watercolor (painting)
Pen-and-wash drawing

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

During July of 1933, while vacationing in Cannes, France, Pablo Picasso produced two drawings on a bacchanalian theme. One of these, Cortège, depicts four figures on a beach before a wide expanse of sea. Picasso was inspired to create the work after seeing three intoxicated people—two sailors and a woman—reeling down a street in Marseilles led by a small child. Here, he transforms the characters from this actual event into nude revelers from antiquity with figures that appear in previous compositions by the artist. For example, the child’s face and woman’s voluptuous body are that of Marie-Thérèse Walter (French, 1909–1977), Picasso's young mistress from 1927 to about 1935 and the inspiration for much of his work during this period.

Label from Picasso: The Artist and His Models, November 5, 2016–February 19, 2017

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