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Minotaur

Minotaur ("the Bull of Minos") is a creature with the head of a bull on the body of a man. Begotten by Minos's wife who had been impregnated by a bull, Minotaur is locked in a maze. Theseus ended the sacrification of young men and women by slaughtering the beast.

The Minotaur theme was very close to Picasso; apparently he identified himself with this creature, its human and animal principle, locked in a maze, hidden from sunlight. Look closely at Picasso’s Blind Minotaur Led by a Little Girl. While Theseus has already come off the boat, the blind Minotaur is lead away by a girl with the face of Marie-Therese Walter.

Mythological aspects of Picasso’s work should be considered in the context of the psychology of his personality, and, of course, the time in which he lived and worked.

Paintings

Pablo Picasso. The Minotaur, 1928
The Minotaur, 1928
Pablo Picasso. Current Minotaur, 1928
Current Minotaur, 1928
Pablo Picasso. Minotaur sitting with a dagger (Maquette for the cover of `Minotaure`), 1933
Minotaur sitting with a dagger (Maquette for the cover of `Minotaure`), 1933
Pablo Picasso. Minotaur guide blind girl in IVb night (Vollard Suite L92), 1934
Minotaur guide blind girl in IVb night (Vollard Suite L92), 1934
Pablo Picasso. Minotaur blind guide by a little girl, 1934
Minotaur blind guide by a little girl, 1934
Pablo Picasso. Minotaur pulling a cart, 1936
Minotaur pulling a cart, 1936
Pablo Picasso. Composition (Minotaur and woman), 1936
Composition (Minotaur and woman), 1936
Pablo Picasso. Minotaur injured, horse and characters, 1936
Minotaur injured, horse and characters, 1936
Pablo Picasso. Minotaur and mare died before a cave facing an au veil, 1936
Minotaur and mare died before a cave facing an au veil, 1936
Pablo Picasso. Dying Minotaur [Composition], 1936
Dying Minotaur [Composition], 1936
Pablo Picasso. Composition (Minotaur and woman) 1, 1936
Composition (Minotaur and woman) 1, 1936
Pablo Picasso. Candle, palette, Minotaur head, 1938
Candle, palette, Minotaur head, 1938
Pablo Picasso. Still Life with Candle, Palette and Red Minotaur Head, 1938
Still Life with Candle, Palette and Red Minotaur Head, 1938
Pablo Picasso. Minautor and jumant dead, 1953
Minautor and jumant dead, 1953
Pablo Picasso. The King of the Minotaurs, 1958
The King of the Minotaurs, 1958
Pablo Picasso. Minotaur, 1958
Minotaur, 1958

Graphics

Pablo Picasso. Minotaur, 1933
Minotaur, 1933
Pablo Picasso. Minotaur and Naked (Rape), 1933
Minotaur and Naked (Rape), 1933
Pablo Picasso. Minotaur with a Javelin and Woman Hostage, 1934
Minotaur with a Javelin and Woman Hostage, 1934
Pablo Picasso. Blind Minotaur led by a little girl, 1934
Blind Minotaur led by a little girl, 1934
Pablo Picasso. Minotauromachie, 1935
Minotauromachie, 1935
Pablo Picasso. Minotaur and His Wife, 1937
Minotaur and His Wife, 1937