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La Fin d'un monstre [The End of a Monster]
© Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2015

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La Fin d'un monstre [The End of a Monster] 1937

Not on display

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.

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Refers to figures and events from myths which are the ancient stories that usually explain the origins of historical or natural phenomena.



  • Acc. No. GMA 3891
  • Medium Pencil on paper
  • Size 38.60 x 56.30 cm
  • Credit Purchased with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund 1995