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Blind minotaur led by a little girl in the night
(Minotaure aveugle guidé par une filette dans la nuit)
plate 97 from The Vollard Suite 1930–37

aquatint, drypoint and etching
24.0 × 34.1 cm (image) 24.6 × 34.6 cm (plate) 34.2 × 44.7 cm (sheet)
Place/s of Execution
Paris, France
Catalogue/s Raisonné
Baer 437.IV.B.d; Bloch 225
4th of 4 states
printed by Roger Lacourière, Paris; published by Ambroise Vollard, Paris
Accession Number
International Prints / International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, NGV Foundation, NGV Supporters of Prints and Drawings with the assistance of Lyn Williams AM, Christine Healy and Rick Amor, 2011
© Pablo Picasso/Sussession Pablo Picasso. Licensed by Copyright Agency, Australia
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of the Joe White Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
The Minotaur is depicted here as a mournful creature. Blind and weak, he holds a staff out in front of himself, and relies on the little girl, suggested by some to be his lover Marie-Thérèse, to lead him through the dark night. The richness of the black achieved in the print and the glow that appears to emanate from the figures themselves give this work a powerful luminosity.