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Pablo Picasso
MINOTAURE AVEUGLE GUIDE PAR UNE FILLETTE DANS LA NUIT (B. 225)
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 61,250 GBP
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86
Pablo Picasso
MINOTAURE AVEUGLE GUIDE PAR UNE FILLETTE DANS LA NUIT (B. 225)
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 61,250 GBP
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Modern and Contemporary Prints including Pablo Picasso: Master Printmaker, Works from a Private European Collection

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Pablo Picasso
1881 - 1973
MINOTAURE AVEUGLE GUIDE PAR UNE FILLETTE DANS LA NUIT (B. 225)
Aquatint, 1934, from the Vollard Suite, signed in pencil, from the total edition of 310, on Montval laid paper, watermarked Vollard, published by Ambroise Vollard, Paris, 1939
Plate: 245 by 347mm; 9 5/8 by 13 5/8 in
Sheet: 337 by 443mm; 13 3/8 by 17 3/8 in
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Catalogue Note

The Minotaur is a key protagonist in the Vollard Suite.  This beguiling and frequently appropriated figure from Greek mythology is seen as a representation of Picasso's alter ego with its many complexities: "sometimes orgiastic, intractable and rapacious, sometimes jolly, convivial and in an effervescent mood, sometimes solitary and pitiable".[1] In the present work, we see the blind Minotaur being led by a young girl: a theme which recurs several times in the course of the Vollard Suite. The girl is unmistakably Marie-Thérèse Walter, Picasso's young lover at the time.  At once vulnerable and disconcerting, this beautiful and richly printed impression is one of the highlights of Picasso's ambiguous and many-faceted narrative of the Minotaur.  


[1] Sebastian Goeppert & Herma C. Goeppert-Frank, Minotauromachy by Pablo Picasso, Geneva, 1987, p. 12

Modern and Contemporary Prints including Pablo Picasso: Master Printmaker, Works from a Private European Collection

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