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Description of the painting by Pablo Picasso "Minotauromahia"


In the work of Pablo Picasso there was a period when he was engaged exclusively in engraving. In the prewar period, he created a series of works dedicated to the ancient mythical creature - the minotaur. The final work was the famous and still inexplicable engraving "Minotauromachia", written by the artist in 1935.

In the engraving “Minotauromachia”, Picasso very clearly marked the culmination of this entire series of works, collecting all the previous characters in one picture, as if all the heroes appeared on the same stage at the end of the play.
The main character in the image of a minotaur, is presented as a kind of creature, consisting simultaneously of a bull and a man. Pablo Picasso drew a fine line, thus showing the eternal struggle of man with nature, as a result of which the intellect wins over powerful animal power. The minotaur at dusk approaches people, his human hand is raised, and judging by how the huge nostrils swell, one can conclude that the anger is boiling inside him.

Further, our eyes fall on a man in a loincloth who, in fear, is trying to climb the stairs, but in front of him stands a girl with a disproportionately large head, holding flowers in one hand and a candle in the other. She seemed to be waiting for the approaching ominous monster. On the ground lies an absolutely helpless horse, whose stomach is torn and dropping out intestines are visible. Next to the horse, the artist depicted a woman-motodor with a sword in his hand and a completely naked chest.

From above, we see a window where two women settled down who calmly feed the pigeons and communicate peacefully, not noticing all the horror happening below, and in the distance you can see the calm sea and the ship with a sail.
All the characters and events of the engraving "Minotauromachy" complicate the perception of meaning, which is almost impossible to describe in words.





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