Pablo Picasso / Vollard Suite:  Minotaur Caressing a Sleeping Woman / 1933Pablo Picasso
Vollard Suite: Minotaur Caressing a Sleeping Woman

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Creator Name: Picasso, Pablo
Creator Nationality: European; Iberian; Spanish
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1881 - 1973
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Málaga, Spain
Creator Death Place: Mougins, France
Creator Name-CRT: Pablo Picasso
Title: Vollard Suite: Minotaur Caressing a Sleeping Woman
Title Type: Primary
Title: Suite Vollard: Minotaure caressant une dormeuse
Title Type: Foreign
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1933
Creation End Date: 1933
Creation Date: 1933
Object Type: Prints
Materials and Techniques: drypoint
Dimensions: Sheet: 38.5cm x 50.1cm, Platemark: 29.6cm x 36.5cm
Inscriptions: signed in graphite
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 2000.20
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Copyright: ? Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Context: The Vollard Suite is a group of 100 prints executed between 1930-36 and published by the art dealer Ambroise Vollard in 1939. Since Picasso did not originally create these plates as a unified set, they address several themes, including the legend of the Minotaur. In classical mythology, this fierce monster with a human body and a bull's head was trapped in a labyrinth by the king of Crete until it was slain by the Athenian prince Theseus. The Minotaur was a potent symbol for the Surrealists, an important group of artists in the 1930s, for whom the creature suggested irrational, unconscious impulses.The Minotaur assumes many guises in the Vollard Suite, reflecting many aspects of Picasso's complex personality. Alternately violent and tender, a carouser and a lusty lover, the Minotaur is also pictured wounded and dying. Unhappy with his wife, dancer Olga Koklova, in 1927 Picasso met the beautiful Marie-Thérèse Walter. In Minotaur Caressing a Sleeping Woman, one of the most emotional, tender prints in the Vollard Suite, Picasso, the ardent Minotaur, expresses love and passion for his radiant young mistress.
AMICA ID: CMA_.2000.20
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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