Pablo Picasso, ‘Mère et enfant aux fleurs’, 1901, MK Fine Art

Signature: Signed ‘Picasso’ (lower left)

(possibly) Paris, Galerie Ambroise Vollard, Picasso, June 1901, no. 8 (as La mere) or no. 64 (as La mere et l’enfant)

Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, oeuvres de 1895 à 1906, vol. I, Paris, 1957, no. 77, illustrated pl. 38
Pierre Daix and Georges Boudaille, Picasso, The Blue and Rose Periods, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, 1900-1906, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1966, no. V.7., illustrated pp. 156 and 163
Joseph Palau i Fabre, Picasso, The Early Years 1881-1907, Barcelona, 1985, no. 629, illustrated pp. 243 and 257

Galerie Ambroise Vollard, Paris
Max Pellequer, Paris
Private Collection
Sale; Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, New York, November 8, 1999, lot 119.
Private collection, United States (Acquired at the above sale)
MK Fine Art, New York
Private collection, Connecticut

About Pablo Picasso

A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms, Pablo Picasso impacted the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled magnitude. Inspired by African and Iberian art and developments in the world around him, Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism. Along with Georges Braque, Picasso is best known for pioneering Cubism in an attempt to reconcile three-dimensional space with the two-dimensional picture plane, once asking, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” Responding to the Spanish Civil War, he painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), whose violent images of anguished figures rendered in grisaille made it a definitive work of anti-war art. “Painting is not made to decorate apartments,” he said. “It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.” Picasso’s sizable oeuvre includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs.

Spanish, 1881-1973, Malaga, Spain, based in Paris and Mougins, France