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La Communiante Avec Missel
25 5/8 x 21 1/2 in. (65.21 x 54.61 cm)
oil on canvas


Estate of the artist
Claude Picasso
Pace Gallery, New York
James Goodman Gallery, New York (until March 1989)
Fabian Carlsson, London
Private Collection, New York
James Goodman Gallery, New York
Private Collection, acquired from the above in 2003


Paris, Galerie Claude Bernard, Picasso Peintures 1901-1971, 1980, no. 5, illustrated in the catalogue
New York, James Goodman Gallery, Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings by Dubuffet, Léger and Picasso, 1988, no. 14


Josep Palau i Fabre, Picasso: from the Ballets to Drama (1917-1926), Barcelona, 1999, no. 373, illustrated p. 128
1988. [NY.88c*]. Paintings, Watercolors & Drawings by Dubuffet, Léger & Picasso (James Goodman Gallery, New York, September – October, 1988). New York. NY.88c*:14
Picasso, Peintures, 1901-1971 (Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, juin, 1980). Paris. PA.80a*:5

“Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso

An exemplary work from Picasso’s Neo-Classical period, La communiante avec missel belongs to a rare series. Picasso revisited the theme of children receiving communion a few times and in a few styles, from this solemn classic version to the dynamic fragmentation of Cubism. A Neo-Classical example comparable to this piece is in the collection of the Musée Picasso in Paris.

While this time period after World War I saw many artists looking to tradition, a return to order as a reaction against the destruction of war, Picasso’s Neo-classicism was not so much a refuge, but a vehicle by which he could explore new themes and ideas. In La communiante avec missel, we see certain hallmarks of Picasso: the visual weight that the girl carries and the statuesque features of her face. These elements are softened by the curved lines the artist has used for her body and dress. In Picasso’s hands, the painting is a meditation of youth and religion marking the rites of passage.

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“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.” – Pablo Picasso


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