Malaga, Spain 1881 - Paris 1973
Maker: Valsuani, C.
Baboin et jeune
Baboon and Young
Dimensions (HxWxD): 21 1⁄2 x 13 1⁄8 x 24 in.
foundry mark: Cire / C. Valsuani / Perdue
Acc. No.: 55.45
Credit Line: Gift of funds from the John Cowles Foundation
Photo credit: ph. courtesy Minneapolis Institute of Art
- Paris, Galerie Louise Leiris
- John and Elizabeth Bates Crowles
- 1955, Gift of funds from the John Cowles Foundation
- Museum's website, October 21, 2015
- 1958 Oberlin
Oberlin, Allen Memorial Art Museum, February 15-March 15, 1958
Fifty Years of Modern Art, Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, June 6-July 31, 1966
1967 Dallas/Fort Worth
Picasso, Dallas, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Fort Worth, Art Center Museum, February 8-March 26, 1967, no. 92
The Spirit of Surrealism, Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, October 3-November 25, 1979
Sculpture from the collections of Minnesota Art Museums, Duluth, Tweed Museum of Art, November 5-April 2, 1989
- Museum's website, October 21, 2015 :
Pablo Picasso was always innovative in his approach to art, regardless of the medium in which he was working. As a sculptor, Picasso pioneered the technique of assemblage, constructing works partly or entirely of "found" objects, both natural and man-made. In Baboon and Young, the artist used toy automobiles, a storage jar, and a car spring to create a playful image of motherhood. The two metal cars, undersides together, are the baboon's head; the round earthenware pot, with its high handles, makes up her torso and shoulders; and the curving steel spring forms her backbone and long tail. The rest of her body and the figure of her child were modeled from clay, and the whole piece was cast in bronze.