Artist Pablo Picasso, Spanish, 1881-1973
  • Head of a Harlequin
Date 1905
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 16 × 13 inches (40.6 × 33 cm)
Framed: 26 7/8 × 23 3/4 × 2 inches (68.3 × 60.3 × 5.1 cm)
Credit Line Bequest of Robert H. Tannahill
Accession Number 70.191
Department European Modern Art to 1950
On View Modern N200, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed, upper right: Picasso
Marks Sticker, on verso: C.M.A. TR 6077.1
Mme. Jacques Doucet (Paris, France);
probably 1932, (Georges Petit Gallery, Paris, France);
1937, purchased by (Jacques Seligmann Gallery, New York, New York, USA);
1939, purchased by Robert H. Tannahill [1893-1969] (Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, USA);
1970-present, bequest to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Zervos, Christian. Picasso. IV: p. 686.

Picasso. Exh. cat., Georges Petit Galleries. Paris, 1932, p. 16, no. 28 (ill.).

Twenty Years of the Evolution of Picasso 1903-1923. Exh. cat., Jacques Seligmann and Co. New York, 1937, p. 6, no. 3 (pl. 3).

Picasso-Matisse Exhibition. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. Boston, 1938, no. 6. [as "Blue Boy" lent by Edward M. Warburg]

The Stage. Exh. cat., Jacques Seligmann and Co. New York, 1939, p. 32, no. 33.

Cahiers d'Art. (1950): p. 330 (reproduction only).

The Robert Hudson Tannahill Bequest to the Detroit Institute of Arts. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1970, pp. 11, 29, 54 (ill.).

Robert Hudson Tannahill Memorial Exhibition. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1978, p. 26.

Picasso y el circo. Exh. cat., Museu Picasso. Barcelona, 2006, p. 106, no. 39 (ill.).

Bezzola, Tobia. Picasso: His First Museum Exhibition 1932. Exh. cat., Kunsthaus Zürich, 2010, p. 98 (ill.).

Bouvier, Raphaël, ed. Picasso: The Blue and Rose Periods. Exh. cat., Fondation Beyeler. Basel, 2019, pp. 184-185 (ill.).