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Minotaure aveugle guidé par une fillette dans la nuit (Minotaure aveugle guidé par Marie-Thérèse au pigeon dans une nuit étoilée) (Blind Minotaur led by a little girl in the night (Blind Minotaur guided through a starry night by Marie-Thérèse with a pigeon)) / Vollard Suite

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2011,7096.97

  • Title (object)

    • Minotaure aveugle guidé par une fillette dans la nuit (Minotaure aveugle guidé par Marie-Thérèse au pigeon dans une nuit étoilée) (Blind Minotaur led by a little girl in the night (Blind Minotaur guided through a starry night by Marie-Thérèse with a pigeon))

    Title (series)

    • Vollard Suite
  • Description

    Blind Minotaur being led by a little girl (resembling Marie-Thérèse) with a dove in a starry night; plate 97 of the Vollard Suite (VS 97). 3-7 December and 31 December 1934
    Aquatint worked with scraper to resemble mezzotint, drypoint and engraving

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1934
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 340 millimetres (sheet size)
    • Width: 447 millimetres
    • Height: 247 millimetres (image)
    • Width: 345 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed in pencil.
  • Curator's comments

    The titles used are Bloch's, where they differ from Baer, Baer's titles are shown in brackets.
    This print was made between 3-7 December and 31 December 1934 in Paris.The Minotaur, the half-man, half-bull of classical legend, became for Picasso a personal emblem of animal passion. In this dramatic scene the once powerful Minotaur is reduced to a blind and pathetic figure led by an innocent child in the darkness of the night.

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  • Bibliography

    • Bloch 1974-9 225 bibliographic details
    • Baer 1986-96 437.IV.Bd bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Spanish XXc Mounted Imp)

  • Exhibition history

    2012 May-Sep, BM, Picasso Prints: The Vollard Suite, no. 97

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2011

  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased from Mark Rosen Fine Art acting on behalf of the heirs of Henri Petiet. Credit line on labels etc, but not mounts to read: 'Presented by the Hamish Parker Charitable Trust in memory of Major Horace Parker'.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    2011,7096.97

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