Baboon and Young
On View In:
Gallery 376
Artist:   Pablo Picasso  
Title:   Baboon and Young  
Date:   1951  
Medium:   Bronze  
Dimensions:   21 1/2 x 13 1/8 x 24 in. (54.6 x 33.3 x 61.0 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of funds from the John Cowles Foundation  
Location:   Gallery 376  

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.

Name:   Picasso, Pablo  
Nationality:   Spanish  
Life Dates:   Spanish, 1881-1973  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Date and Mark (top of base, back right): [10,51] RB: [Cire / C. Valsuani / Perdue]  
Classification:   Sculpture  
Creation Place:   Europe, Spain, , ,  
Accession #:   55.45  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts