Picasso Museum of Barcelona

Fairground Stall
Signed Picasso in the upper right-hand corner (later)
Paris, 1900
Oil on canvas
38.1 x 46.3 cm
Barcelona Culture Foundation, 2005
MPB 113.113

Work and Context

Picasso painted this work during his visit to Paris in Autumn 1900. Also known as The Fair, it falls within the series of work Picasso produced based around Parisian nightlife with clear influences from Steinlen and Toulouse-Lautrec. It was included at the 1901 Vollard exhibition in Paris (according to Daix and Palau it was number 59 at the ‘Exposition de tableaux de F. Iturrino et de P-R. Picasso’).

The theme and composition of Fairground Stall reference Picasso’s main work on this first trip to Paris, Le Moulin de la Galette, presently housed at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

The brushstrokes are fluid and the positioning creates a play of suggestion where the travelling circus atmosphere in Paris brings together an earlier iconography, whilst at the same time heralding later themes. There exists a kind of game with the spectator– the woman in the lower right-hand corner looks directly at onlookers as if inviting them to take part.
Daix points out that this was probably a fair that set up on the Boulevard Clichy in Paris from the beginning of Autumn to the Epiphany Day. The travelling circuses on the boulevards of Paris became spaces the young Picasso and his friends would often visit throughout their first sojourns in the city.

The work was purchased in 2005 and its theme and composition fall within the magnificent group of works the Museu Picasso already has from the period showing the first contact the young Picasso had with Parisian avant-gardes. See, for example, the Museum collection of The Embrace, The End of the Number or The Wait (Margot).


Room 7


  1. Paris, Galerie Vollard,1901
  2. Munich, Haus Kunst, Picasso 1900-1955, October to December 1955. The exhibition travelled to the Rheinisches Museum Köln-Deutz, from December 1955 to February 1956 and to the Kunsthalle Hamburg, from March to April 1956
  3. 2006-2007, Barcelona / Martigny (Switzerland), Museu Picasso / Fondation Pierre Gianadda


  1. Daix, Pierre i Boudaille, Georges , Picasso 1900-1906: catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint. 2nd. ed. Neuchâtel, Ides et Calendes, 1988, no. V 63, p. 23, 183
  2. Dupuis-Labbé, Dominque, Ocaña, Maria Teresa (coms.), Picasso i el circ. Barcelona, Museu Picasso / Fondation Pierre Gianadda, 2006, núm. 17, p. 85
  3. Jardot, Maurice, Picasso, 1900-1955. Munich [etc.], Haus der Kunst, 1955, no. 2, s. p. (reproduced in b/w)
  4. Palau i Fabre, Josep, Picasso vivent: 1881-1907. Barcelona, Polígrafa, 1980, no. 504, p. 208, 531
  5. Zervos, Christian, Pablo Picasso : vol. XXI: Supplément aux années 1892-1902. Paris, Cahiers d'art, 1969, no. 227, p. 88