Man with a Lamb
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973
Made in France, Europe Date:
6 feet 7 1/2 inches × 30 inches × 29 1/2 inches (201.9 × 76.2 × 74.9 cm)
Base: 27 × 26 inches (68.6 × 66 cm)Copyright:
© Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New YorkCuratorial Department:
Modern ArtObject Location:
Currently not on viewAccession Number:
Gift of R. Sturgis and Marion B. F. Ingersoll, 1958
Pablo Picasso created Man with a Lamb
while living in German-occupied Paris during World War II. The idea for the sculpture began as an etching the artist made in 1942 of a man holding a bouquet of flowers on Bastille Day, July 14. In a series of subsequent drawings, Picasso transformed the flowers into an agitated animal in the arms of a man who seems stoic in his effort to hold his oversized burden. Man with a Lamb
recalls early Christian images of the Good Shepherd, and Picasso's depiction of sacrifice and suffering, which he described as an expression of universal emotion, takes on heightened significance in the context of the world war in which it was created.
With Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Paris; with Curt Valentin, New York; sold to R. Sturgis Ingersoll (1891-1973), Philadelphia, September 1, 1952 ; gift of R. Sturgis and Marion B. F. Ingersoll to PMA, 1958.
1. See letter from Ingersoll to Anne d'Harnoncourt, September 3, 1968 (PMA archives, copy in curatorial file). Ingersoll states that he purchased the sculpture "through Curt Valentin and Kahnweiler".