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Bull (plate XI)

Pablo Picasso

Bull (plate XI)

Pablo Picasso
  • Original Title: Le Taureau
  • Date: 1946
  • Style: Cubism
  • Period: Neoclassicist & Surrealist Period
  • Series: Eleven developments of a lithograph
  • Genre: animal painting
  • Media: lithography, paper
  • Tag: animals, bulls
  • Dimensions: 29.2 x 39.5 cm

Pablo Picasso created 'Bull' around the Christmas of 1945. 'Bull' is a suite of eleven lithographs that have become a master class in how to develop an artwork from the academic to the abstract. In this series of images, all pulled from a single stone, Picasso visually dissects the image of a bull to discover its essential presence through a progressive analysis of its form. Each plate is a successive stage in an investigation to find the absolute 'spirit' of the beast.

In the final print of the series, Picasso reduces the bull to a simple outline which is so carefully considered through the progressive development of each image, that it captures the absolute essence of the creature in as concise an image as possible.

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