Malaga, Spain 1881 - Paris 1973

Maker: Valsuani, C.

Baboin et jeune

Baboon and Young




Dimensions (HxWxD): 21 12 x 13 18 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

    1966 Cleveland
    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

    1979 Cleveland
    The Spirit of Surrealism, Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, October 3-November 25, 1979

    1989 Duluth
    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.