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The Minotaur

A work made of pen and brush and black ink and brush and gray wash on blue wove paper.
© 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of pen and brush and black ink and brush and gray wash on blue wove paper.

Date:

June 24, 1933

Artist:

Pablo Picasso
Spanish, 1881-1973

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 124B

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Pablo Picasso

Title

The Minotaur

Place

Spain (Artist's nationality:)

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1933

Medium

Pen and brush and black ink and brush and gray wash on blue wove paper

Inscriptions

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"

Dimensions

48 × 63 cm (18 15/16 × 24 13/16 in.)

Credit Line

Margaret Day Blake Collection

Reference Number

1967.516

Copyright

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

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