The Bull

Artist
Picasso, Pablo
Date
Unknown
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One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a dramatic portrayal of the bombing of Guernica by the German and Italian airforces during the Spanish Civil War.

Picasso loved bulls – he was a frequent guest to Spanish corridas. He used the bull as a metaphor in his work; it has been interpreted as a representation of the Spanish people; as a comment on fascism and brutality; and as a symbol of virility.
Here, the artist searches to depict the essence or idea of a bull, as simplified from a recognisable ‘real’ animal to a gestural sketch.

This work is part of a bequest by Russell Hancock, an importer and art collector, who left $1.5 million and his art collection to Wellington City Council in 2004.
Media
Lithograph - artist's proof
paper
Measurements
hxw: 280mm x 370m (image)
Registration number
ART00154

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