French, 1885-1930


Jules Pascin, Boy in Donkey Cart At Market, Charcoal on Paper



Charcoal on Textured Paper

Signed in Pencil l.r. Pascin


Pascin was best known for his sensuous drawing and paintings of women.  This is a rare departure, and possibly

from the American Southwest or Mexico, where he worked for a short period of time.


Condition report: slight browning and an exposure line, two short surface

 cuts at lower left, mounted at corners onto card support.


Museums : 32, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, San Diego

Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, Ringling Museum of Art, Nelson Atkins Museum, Newark Museum,

Phillips Collection


Books: 72, including monographs: Fels, Drawings by Pascin; Freudenheim, Pascin,


This is a small but exceptional drawing by French / American painter Jules Pascin.  Most are familiar with Pascin for his numerous drawings and paintings of women, often in a very provocative manner.  This unusual work departs from that mode into almost a sensitive and introspective view of a young boy in a donkey-drawn cart.  The work was most likely from his brief Cuban or perhaps Southwest visits Pascin when working and living in America. Even in its simplicity, it depicts a bit more definition than many of Pascin's works - the development being exceptional in every respect. 


Pascin certainly needs no introduction to most of you.  Born in Bulgaria in 1885, Pascin worked most of his life in Paris, moving to America in 1914 with the outbreak of World War I, and eventually becoming an American citizen in 1927.  When in America, Pascin associated with a coterie of progressive painters - among them Walt Kuhn, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and Max Weber - who were "influenced by his figurative style in which he conjoined elements of Expressionism and Cubism with a highly personal vision of his environment".  Pascin died at an early age from self-inflicted wounds, it is said after an unfavorable review of his works.


Image size : 8” x 9.25”




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 Jules PASCIN (1885-1930)

Birth place: Widdin, Bulgaria

Death place: Paris, France

Addresses: Paris, France

Profession: Painter

Studied: Vienna; Munich


Exhibited: Armory Show, 1913; Whitney Museum of American Art, 1928; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Annual, 1929; Salon d'Automne, c.1908-12; International Exhibition of Modern Art, 1913; Berlin Photographic Co., NYC, 1915; Macbeth Gallery, NYC; Salons of America; Art Institute of Chicago


Member: Woodstock Art Association; Penguin Club


Work: Modern Museum of Art; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art; Detroit Institute of Art; Minneapolis Institute of Art.


Comments: His Mexican series of horses and riders is almost the only departure from his favorite theme: women, painted in rhythmic and delicate manner. Born Julius Pincas, he later adopted the name under which all his paintings are known. In 1914 he came to the U.S. to escape military service in France, and spent the next six years traveling FL, LA, NC, SC, TX, and the southwestern U.S. and Cuba. In 1920 he became a U.S. citizen, living in Brooklyn. He returned to Paris permanently, and on the eve of a prestigious solo show committed suicide by slitting his wrists and hanging himself.


Sources: Who’s Who 1929; Encyclopedia of New Orleans Artists, 292; Falk, Exhibition Record Series; Woodstock Art Association; Brown, The Story of the Armory Show.


This biography is drawn from the 'Who Was Who in American Art' , the reference book on the cultural life in the United States.


Museum Collections :


Albright-Knox Art Gallery 

Art Institute of Chicago

Boca Raton Museum of Art 

Butler Institute of American Art

Cantor Arts Center, Stanford 

Corcoran Gallery of Art 

De Young Museum

Hunter Museum of American Art

Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Neuberger Museum of Art

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Phoenix Art Museum

Robert Hull Fleming Museum

San Diego Museum of Art

Sheffield Art Galleries G & Mappin 
Sheldon Museum of Art

Southhampton Art Gallery 

Telfair Museum of Art

The Arkansas Arts Center

The Columbus Museum of Art-Ohio

The Columbus Museum-Georgia

The Detroit Institute of Arts Museum

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Newark Museum

The Phillips Collection

The Toledo Museum of Art 

The University of Michigan Museum of Art

University Of Kentucky Art Museum

Wright Museum of Art  


Selected Books :


Pollock, Lindsay, The Girl With the Gallery: Edith Gregor Halpert and the Making of the Modern Art Market

Davenport, RayDavenport's Art Reference:The Gold Edition.

Dunbier, Lonnie Pierson (Editor) The Artists Bluebook34,000 North American Artists to March 2005

Peters, Lisa, Two Hundred Years of American Watercolors, Pastels and Drawings 

Steiner, Raymond J, The Art Students League of New York A History (Teachers) 

Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor), Who Was Who in American Art, 1564-1975

Calo, Mary Ann, Critical Issues in American Art A Book of Readings

Severens, Martha R, The Charleston Renaissance

Yount, Sylvia/Elizabeth Johns, To Be Modern, American Encounters with Cezanne and Company

Eitner, Lorenz (others), The Drawing Collection, Stanford University Museum of Art

Adams, Henry (others), American Drawings and Watercolors from the Kansas City Region

Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor)* The Annual Exhibition Record of the Art Institute of Chicago 

Falk, Peter Hastings, Annual Exhibition Record, National Academy of Design1901-1950

Hall, Donald/Pat C Wykes, Anecdotes of Modern Art From Rousseau to Warhol Spanierman Gallery,

American Works on Paper III 

Weber, Bruce, Drawn from Tradition: American Drawings and Watercolors:

From the Collection of Susan and Herbert Adler, Neuberger Museum

Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor), Annual Exhibition Record, 1914-68, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 

Geske, Norman and Karen O. Janovy, The American Painting Collection of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery 

Spanierman Gallery, American Works on Paper II 

Falk, Peter Hastings, Dictionary of Signatures & Monogram 

Columbus Museum of Art, The American Collections Columbus Museum of Art

Finch, Christopher, American Watercolors 

Zellman, Michael David, 300 Years of American Art

Opitz, Glenn B (editor), Mantle Fielding's Dictionary American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers

Hogarth, Paul, The Artist as Reporter 

Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor), Who Was Who in American Art : Artists Active Between 1898-1947

Kampf, Avram, Jewish Experience In the Twentieth Century

Sims, Lowery Stokes, The Figure in 20th Century American Art Metropolitan Museum of Art

Cummings, Paul, Twentieth Century American Drawings,

The Figure in Context Glover, John/Townsend Wolfe,

Twentieth Century American Drawings from the Arkansas Arts Center

Opitz, Glenn, Dictionary of American Artists 

Newark Museum, American Art in the Newark Museum Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

Karpel, Bernard/Ruth Spiegel, Arts in America /A Bibliography (Painting and Graphics)

Doumato, Lamia, American Drawing, A Guide to Information Sources

Gamble, Kathryn (Foreward); Thomas Hoving, William Gerdts, Lloyd Goodrich,

, The American Painting Collection of the Montclair Art Museum 

Barr, Alfred H, Painting and Sculpture in the Museum of Modern Art

Gerdts, William H; Jeffrey Hoffeld, American Drawings & Watercolors from the Collection Susan and Herbert Adler

McCabe, Cynthia Jaffee, The Golden Door Artist-Immigrants of America, 1876-1976

Mason, Lauris/Joan Ludman, Print Reference Sources, Bibliography 18th-20th Centuries

Buffalo Fine Arts Academy American Art in Upstate New York Drawings, Watercolors and Small Sculptures

Steinberg, Leo, Other Criteria Confrontations with Twentieth-Century Art

Karpel, Bernard/Walt Kuhn, The Armory Show International Exhibition of Art 1913

Tomko, George, Catalogue of The Roland P Murdock Collection Wichita Art Museum

Heyer, George S Jr, Not So Long Ago, Art of the 1920s in Europe & America

Graham, F Lanier, Three Centuries of American Painting:

From the Collections of M H deYoung Museum and Palace of Legion of Honor

Bell, David, Praeger Encyclopedia of Art

Brown, Milton W, American Painting From the Armory Show to the Depression

Museum of Modern Art Editors, American Art of the 20's and 30's(Three Catalogues Combined)

Norman, Jane & Theodore, Traveler's Guide to American Art 

Bernard Danenberg Galleries, Our American Heritage Loan Exhibition New Britain Museum

Fels, Florent (intro) Drawings by Pascin

Lieberman, William S, Drawings/Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Modern Art/New York

Henning, Edward B, Fifty Years of Modern Art 1916-19  

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 200 Years of Watercolor Painting, Centennial of American Watercolor Society  

Freudenheim, Tom Pascin

Geldzahler, Henry, American Painting in the Twentieth Century

Johnson, Una E, 20th Century Drawings Part I: 1900-1940 / Part II 1940 to the Present

Whitney Museum, The Decade of the Armory Show, New Directions in American Art 1910-1920

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard, 20th Century Master Drawings 

Brown, Milton W, The Story of the Armory Show 

Goodrich, Lloyd Pioneers of Modern Art in America Decade of the Armory Show, 1910-1920

Art Institute of Chicago Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago/A Catalogue of the Collection

Hofer, Philip, The Artist and the Book 1860-1960, In Western Europe and the United States

Brooklyn Museum, Golden Years of American Drawing 1905-1956

Myers, Bernard, Encyclopedia of Painting 

Leeper, John Palmer, Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute/Selective Catalogue

Corcoran Gallery of Art*, Privately Owned, Selection from Collections in Washington Area

Slatkin, Charles/R Schoolman, Treasury of American Drawings 

Wheeler, Monroe, 20th Century Portraits 

Carnegie Institute, Survey of American Painting 

Art Institute of Chicago, Half a Century of American Art The Art Institute of Chicago

Mallett, Daniel Trowbridge, Index of Artists: International-Biographical

Barr, Alfred Jr. (Essay); A Conger Goodyear (Intro),

Modern Works of Art: Fifth Anniversary Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Museum of Modern Art, Paintings by 19 Living Americans 

Walter, John; Pedro Lemos, Panama-Pacific Exposition: Catalogue of the Post-Exposition Exhibit




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