Whimsical Baboons

After World War II Picasso produced a variety of fanciful sculptures, including “Baboon and Young” (1951/cast, 1955), a bronze utilizing very unconventional materials.  The mother baboon’s face was formed by two toy cars borrowed from the artist’s son, the tail incorporates an  automobile spring, the ears two cup handles and the stomach a large jug.  The rest of the playful work was modeled in clay.  Picasso was one of the first artists to use “found objects” – during his long career, he constantly stretched the boundaries in his use of sculptural materials.  This innovative work can be found in the Picasso collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

See:   https://www.moma.org/collection/works/81119

Picasso Sculpture, Ann Temkin and Anne Umland, 2015.

Sculpture of Picasso, R. Rosenblum, 1982.

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