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Minotauromachy by Pablo Picasso

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Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). Minotauromachy, 1935.

Picasso displays a provocative scene full of symbolic content, making the painting difficult but not impossible to interpret. Several actions take place in a narrow, confined space. The main protagonists, a young girl with a candle and a bouquet of flowers, and a huge Minotaur, appear frozen in their confrontation. Between them, a wounded female bullfighter is flung across a lacerated, snarling horse; its teeth showing. Above, two girls with doves, symbols of peace, look out of a window while a bearded man stands on a ladder to the left. In the distance, a small sailboat can be seen on the far horizon. This painting was produced during a time when Picasso's personal life was in tumult, resulting in the artist ceasing to paint, representing a deeply private mythology. Not only was Picasso’s marriage to Olga Khokhlova deteriorating, but additional stress was brought upon him due to the pregnancy of his young mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter; the female figures possessing similar facial features to her. // The paradoxical Minotaur, was a frequent theme for the artist during this time. This symbol, a common subject of the artist’s work, was prophetic of the Spanish Civil War (beginning the year after this painting’s production); later to be incorporated in Picasso’s renowned Guernica.

Available in two sizes:

16 in. x 20 in. -Medium.
Approximate Measurements
Paper Size: 16.00" W x 20.00"H
Image Size: 13.47" W x 18.00" H

22 in. x 28 in. -Large.
Approximate Measurements
Paper Size: 22.00" W x 28.00"H
Image Size: 19.46" W x 26.00" H

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