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Man with a Lamb [Man with Sheep]
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Man with a Lamb [Man with Sheep]

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973

Geography:
Made in Paris, France, Europe

Date:
1943 (cast between 1948 and 1950)

Medium:
Bronze

Dimensions:
6 feet 7 1/2 inches × 30 inches × 29 1/2 inches (201.9 × 76.2 × 74.9 cm) Base: 27 × 26 inches (68.6 × 66 cm)

Copyright:
© Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Rodin Museum, West Gallery

Accession Number:
1958-155-1

Credit Line:
Gift of R. Sturgis and Marion B. F. Ingersoll, 1958

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Label:
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.

Provenance

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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