Pablo Picasso

Spanish, 1881-1973

Le Bain (The Bath) from La suite des saltimbanques (The Acrobats Suite)

© Succession Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.


Le Bain (The Bath) from La suite des saltimbanques (The Acrobats Suite), 1905 (published 1913)

Artwork Details


etching and drypoint on Van Gelder woven paper


edition of 250


image area: 13 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches (34.29 x 28.575 cm); sheet: 16 5/8 x 17 7/8 inches (42.23 x 45.4 cm); sheet: 25 3/4 x 20 1/16 inches (65.405 x 50.95875 cm)

Collection Buffalo AKG Art Museum


Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1942

Accession ID


Between 1904 and 1905 Pablo Picasso executed a series of fourteen prints of circus performers, who were familiar figures in his Parisian neighborhood. The subject matter, however, was not primarily their work as performers but rather private moments and familial interactions. Picasso was drawn to the independence and free-spirited nature of acrobats. It is in these early works that the Harlequin figure emerges. In this intimate scene Picasso depicts the figure nude, identified only by his hat, with his family at their bath. Here, the tenderness displayed by the mother toward her child is echoed by the cat’s affection for his master.

Label from Picasso: The Artist and His Models, November 5, 2016–February 19, 2017

Other Works by This Artist