Little Owl

(1951-1952)

Pablo Picasso, Spanish, b. Málaga, 1881–1973

Bronze and paint, 10 1/4 X 7 3/8 X 5 3/4 IN. (26.0 X 18.6 X 14.4 CM.) WT. 8 LB. (3.6 KG.)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Accession Number: 66.4045

Provenance:
Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris, 1952
Curt Valentin Gallery, New York (co-owner with Galerie Louise Leiris), to 7 September 1954
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 7 September 1954-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
[CURT VALENTIN GALLERY, New York. "Pablo Picasso 1950-1953," 24 November-19 December 1953, no. 35, ill.]
[FINE ARTS ASSOCIATES, New York. "Picasso Sculpture," 15 January-9 February 1957, no. 20, ill. no. 19]
[MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "Picasso: 75th Anniversary Exhibition," 20 May-8 September 1957, ill. p. 101. (Tour: ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, 19 October-1 December; PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART, 8 January-23 February 1958.)]
[DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS. "Sculpture in Our Time: Collected by Joseph H. Hirshhorn," 5 May-23 August 1959, no. 192. Tour: MILWAUKEE ART CENTER, 10 September-11 October; WALKER ART CENTER, Minneapolis, 25 October-6 December; WILLIAM ROCKHILL NELSON GALLERY OF ART, Kansas City, Missouri, 20 December-31 January 1960; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Houston, 1-27 March; LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY, SCIENCE AND ART, 11 April-15 May; M. H. DE YOUNG MEMORIAL MUSEUM, San Francisco, 29 May-10 July; COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER, 24 July-4 September; ART GALLERY OF TORONTO, 30 September-31 October.]
[PUBLIC EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, New York, organizer. (Annual benefit for the P.E.A, held by cooperating New York galleries. Sculpture was shown at the Otto Gerson Gallery, New York). "Picasso, An American Tribute," 25 April-12 May 1962, no. 19, ill. ]
[SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Modern Sculpture from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection," 3 October 1962-6 January 1963, no. 37, ill. p. 87.]
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, ill. 728.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "The Animal in Art: Selections from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden," 17 November 1977-15 January 1978, no. 50, ill.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Ibero-American Art: Selections from the Hirshhorn Museum Collection," 8 October-15 November 1981, no. 14.
AUCKLAND CITY ART GALLERY, New Zealand. "Pablo Picasso: The Artist Before Nature," 22 September-12 November 1989, no. 48, p. 106, ill. pp. 16, 106.
TATE GALLERY, London. "Picasso: Sculptor/Painter," 16 February-8 May 1994, no. 122, p. 79, ill. p. 154.
KROLLER-MULLER MUSEUM, Otterlo, Netherlands. "Sculpture of Pablo Picasso, Julio Gonazlez, Joan Miro and Eduardo Chillida," 15 November 1997-18 January 1998, ill. p. 59, p. 58.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "Picasso Sculpture," 14 September 2015-7 February 2016, colorpl. 120.

Published References:
FRANKFURTER, ALFRED. "Picasso Brings Himself Up to Date," Art News, LII/7, (Part 1) November 1953, ill. p. 27.
AARON, LOUISE. "Picasso's Art Works on Display in Gotham," Oregon Journal, 11 August 1957, ill. p. 4C.
HUNTER, SAM. Picasso: cubism to the Present (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1957), unpaginated, ill.
SALTMARCHE, KENNETH. "Notes on Special Exhibitions: 'Sculpture in Our Time'," Art Quarterly, XXII/4 (Winter 1959), p. 352.
PRESTON, STUART. "Lessons of the Master: Sixty Years of Picasso's Art in an Eightieth Birthday Celebration," The New York Times, 2 April 1962, sec. 2, p. 21, ill.
KUH, KATHERINE. "Great Sculpture: A Private Showing for SR Readers of the Hirshhorn Collection," Saturday Review 45 (23 June 1962), p. 15, ill.
LERNER, ABRAM, et. al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Abrams, 1974), p. 734, colorplate p. 497.
UNSIGNED. "Sculpture," School Arts, 77/2 (October 1977), p. 35.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Spanish Modernism