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Man with a Lamb [Man with Sheep]

1943 (cast between 1948 and 1950)
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973
Who determines the meaning of a monument? This statue of a man and a lamb is enigmatic. Pablo Picasso designed it while he was living in Nazi-occupied Paris and insisted that he intended no symbolism or message. But in 1950 he gave a version of the statue to the southern French city of Vallauris. There in the center square, the austere man gripping the flailing lamb became a somber memorial to wartime sacrifices in the fight against fascism....

Object Details
With Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Paris; with Curt Valentin, New York; sold to R. Sturgis Ingersoll (1891-1973), Philadelphia, September 1, 1952 [1]; gift of R. Sturgis and Marion B. F. Ingersoll to PMA, 1958.1. See letter from Ingersoll to Anne d'Harnoncourt, September 3, 1968 (PMA archives, copy in curatorial file). Ingersoll states that he purchased the sculpture "through Curt Valentin and Kahnweiler".

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