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Minotaure aveugle guidé par une fillette, III, 1934


The Minotaur—half man and half bull—is a creature from Greek mythology. Picasso felt such kinship with bulls that the Minotaur became an alter-ego in his art. In mythology, the Minotaur feasts on humans and is placed in a labyrinth to keep it from running amok. Picasso repeatedly depicted the Minotaur as powerful and virile, but several times—as here—the creature is blind and has to rely on the guidance of a young woman (Picasso’s lover, Marie-Thérèse Walter) carrying a bird. He walks past his wife, Olga Khokhlova, the tall figure on the right. Walter was pregnant when Picasso made this print, and Khokhlova left him the following year.

Minotaure aveugle guidé par une fillette, III
Artist Life
(active France), 1881–1973
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
Bloch 224
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