Minotaur with a dead horse in front of the cave, Picasso, 1953

Minotaur with a dead horse in front of the cave, Picasso, 1953
Minotaur with a dead horse in front of the cave, Picasso, 1953 - 1

  • Posted by Pablo Picasso
  • Museum: Private collection
  • Year: 1953

Overview of the painting :

A minotaur with a dead horse in front of the cave is Pablo Picasso. 1953

   Picasso’s work has personal motives: worried about the events in Spain that led to the civil war, the artist expressed an allegory to his everyday situation in the picture. He was left by Olga’s wife and he found out that his lover was expecting a baby. In March 1936. Picasso visited the place of Juan-les-Pins on the French Riviera and returned with drawings of fantastic scenes depicting the Minotaur.

   For Picasso, a monster with the head of a bull was a symbol of the duality of human nature, and in his picture he depicted lust and cruelty. Although the kindness of Minotaur’s eyes and his smile are strangely attractive, he holds a horse crushed by his own hands, reaching out to the girl who looks at him in dismay. On the left, from the darkness of the cave, another pair of hands is visible in a begging gesture.