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The Bull, December 5-12, 1945

Pablo Picasso

Spanish, 1881-1973
Lithograph on paper, variation between first and second states
12-7/8 x 19-3/4 in. (32.7 x 48.6 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation

Not on view

The Norton Simon Museum is noted for its collection of Picasso's graphic works. Among them are prime examples of the artist's progressive suites -- groups of lithographs reworked several times to create a successive group of images. Outstanding among these progressive suites is the series entitled "Le Taureau," or "The Bull," a sequence of states beginning with a realistic representation of a bull and ending with a stunning simplification of that form. In this group alone, Picasso clearly demonstrates why he is both a classical master draughtsman and the revolutionary creator of modern art.

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