French Sculpture Census

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Malaga, Spain 1881 - Paris 1973

Babouin et jeune
Baboon and Young

1951 October, Vallauris, cast 1955
bronze, after found objects

21 x 13 1/4 x 20 3/4" (53.3 x 33.3 x 52.7

Acc. No. : 196.1956
Credit Line : Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund

New York, New York, The Museum of Modern Art


  • 1956, Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund


  • Museum's website, April 11, 2013
  • 1957 Barr
    Picasso: 75th Anniversary Exhibition. Edited by Alfred H. Barr, Jr., 1957, repr. p. 103
  • 1967 NY MoMA Barr
    Alfred H. Barr, Painting and Sculpture in The Museum of Modern Art, 1929-1967, New York, 1967, ill. 88
  • 1967 Penrose
    Roland Penrose, The Sculpture of Picasso, 1967, repr. p. 134
  • 1972 Rubin
    William Rubin, Picasso in the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, 1972, repr. p. 175
  • 1977 NY MoMA Legg
    Painting and Sculpture in The Museum of Modern Art, with Selected Works on Paper. Catalogue of the Collection, January 1, 1977, Edited by Alicia Legg, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, 1977, p. 77


MoMA's website, April 11, 2013:
Focus: Picasso Sculpture
July 3–November 3, 2008
Baboon and Young shows Picasso's power of metaphorical transformation at its height. In the original assemblage from which this bronze baboon was cast, her face was formed from two toy cars—one upright, the other turned upside down—that Picasso had borrowed from his son Claude, and her tail was an automobile spring. The baboon's ears were made from cup handles, and her round belly was a large jug whose handles form the shape of her shoulders.