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The Bull, 1945

Pablo Picasso

Spanish, 1881-1973
wash, pen and crayon on paper
comp: 12-1/4 x 17-1/2 in. (31.1 x 44.5 cm); sheet: 12-3/4 x 17-1/2 in. (32.4 x 44.5 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.1977.08.3.03.G

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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