Nessus and Deianira

A work made of graphite on tan wove paper, prepared with a white ground.
© 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of graphite on tan wove paper, prepared with a white ground.

Date:

September 22, 1920

Artist:

Pablo Picasso
Spanish, 1881-1973

About this artwork

Picasso first used a specific subject from Classical mythology during his stay in the French town of Juanles- Pins between September 11 and September 22, 1920, when he made a series of six drawings based on the Greek myth of Nessus and Deianira. Recounted in the ninth book of Ovid's Metamorphoses, the story centers on the abduction of Hercules' s bride, Deianira, by the centaur Nessus, who had promised to ferry her across a river. In this drawing, we see the climax of the story, when the struggling woman is about to be raped by her abductor.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Pablo Picasso

Title

Nessus and Deianira

Origin

Spain

Date

1920

Medium

Graphite on tan wove paper, prepared with a white ground

Inscriptions

Signed recto, upper left, in pen and blue ink: "Picasso" (underlined); inscribed upper left, in graphite: "22-9-20"

Dimensions

215 x 270 mm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1965.783

Copyright

© 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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