Pablo Picasso (October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet, and playwright. Regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, co-invention of collage and for the wide variety of styles that he pioneered.
This etching was the first in a series dealing with the Minotaur theme. By creating these works, Picasso was preparing for the completion the large ‘Minotauromachie.’ The mythical Minotaur --- half-bull and half-man -- was Picasso’s alter ego in the 1930s, a powerful symbol for the master during a time of personal upheaval.
Picasso began the series in 1930, and the bulk of the pieces were created during a creative burst between March and June of 1933. The first are rudimentary line drawings, and stylistically they stand apart from the 98 etchings that follow, another clue that Picasso did not conceive them as a single project. This particular etching came at the behest of Ambroise Vollard, the French art dealer who had earlier discovered Picasso (and was instrumental to the careers of Cézanne, Renoir, Gauguin, and Van Gogh).
The etching, signed by the master, is the very last (#380) from the plate, which was canceled in 1956. The plate now resides in the Picasso Museum in Paris. This remarkable piece is certified and donated by Galerie Michael.
“This piece was created during war and occupation. Despite the gloom of uncertainty and death, Picasso continued to work vigorously,” says Michael Schwartz of Galerie Michael. “The little girl’s youth, beauty and certitude represent strength and hope, which contrasts with the blinded minotaur. Despite his size and strength, he relies on the guidance of the girl.”
One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the Museum of the Rockies, thanks to the generosity of Galerie Michael.
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