Pablo Picasso

La Fin d'un monstre [The End of a Monster]

About this artwork

Picasso closely identified with the mythological Minotaur, who was half-man, half-beast. The Minotaur was an outcast, but he was also a being of untamed passion. Picasso first adopted the minotaur as a theme in the late 1920s. Soon after he made the pencil drawing, his friend Paul Eluard wrote a poem about it, noting, 'You have to see yourself die in order to know that you are still alive' - a reference to the mirror held by the woman. The beast is dying after being speared by an arrow.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    La Fin d'un monstre [The End of a Monster]
  • date created:
    1937
  • materials:
    Pencil on paper
  • measurements:
    38.60 x 56.30 cm (framed: 61.00 x 78.00 x 3.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund 1995
  • accession number:
    GMA 3891
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso