New York, Park Avenue
19 November 1998
Pablo Picasso (1881-1971)
dated and numbered '26.10.71.II' (upper left)
colored felt-tip pens and pencil on paper
12 x 9 in. (31 x 24.8 cm.)
Drawn on 26 October 1971
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"Zu den Bildern dieser Beilage," Die Zeit, Literatur, Hamburg, no. 43, 17 October 1997, p. 2 (illustrated, p. 20).
A young male shawm player appears in several of Picasso's idyllic paintings in 1965, and in the following year a boy playing a flute becomes a frequent character in his drawings. He is a shepherd boy, and is often depicted serenading an older female. He embodies both the innocence of pre- and early adolescent youth and the awakening of sexual desire. See also lots 486-490.
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