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Blind Minotaur Led by a Girl through the Night
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Blind Minotaur Led by a Girl through the Night
Minotaure aveugle guidé par une fillette dans la nuit
From the Vollard Suite, Paris, 1939

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973. Printed by Roger Lacourière, French, 1892 - 1966.

Made in France, Europe


Aquatint, etching, and drypoint with scraping and burnishing

Plate: 9 11/16 x 13 11/16 inches (24.6 x 34.8 cm) Sheet: 13 1/2 x 17 9/16 inches (34.3 x 44.6 cm)

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

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Louis E. Stern Collection, 1963

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The etchings of the Vollard Suite are distinguished by Picasso’s poetic interplay of line and tone to rephrase themes of attraction, voyeurism, art making, and autobiographical allegories of the mythical Minotaur. In The Blind Minotaur, Picasso’s alter ego—half-man and half-bull—is led by a young girl who represents the artist’s mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter. Picasso covered the entire plate with aquatint to produce a rich black tone that he then scraped and burnished to create the white highlights that define the figures.