About this artwork
This violent drawing captures a half-man, half-bull Minotaur raping a woman. The figure of the Minotaur dates back to Greek mythology: it inhabited a labyrinth, devoured innocent people, and was ultimately slain by the hero Theseus. In the 1930s, when Picasso made this work, people understood the Minotaur as a manifestation of unconscious and uncontrolled desire. Despite the horror of such imagery, the beast in some ways may have embodied Picasso’s own self-perception as a womanizer.
- Pablo Picasso
- The Minotaur
- Spain (Artist's nationality:)
- Pen and brush and black ink and brush and gray wash on blue wove paper
- Signed recto, lower right, in pen and black ink: "Picasso" (underlined); inscribed lower right, in pen and black ink: "24 juin XXXIII L Boisgeloup"; inscribed verso, lower right, in graphite: "Henry Kleemann / January 1943"; along right edge, in graphite: "Tendu sur carton depassant 1 cm tout autour"
- 48 × 63 cm (18 15/16 × 24 13/16 in.)
- Margaret Day Blake Collection
- © 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York