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With champagne glass raised, the Minotaur toasts the artist’s conquests as his models recline in voluptuous abandonment beside him. The artist’s hirsute face connects him to the bestial nature of the Minotaur.

Crouching over the sleeping woman, the Minotaur is both a brutal presence and a tender lover, revealing two sides of his nature. When Picasso invited Françoise Gilot to view the ‘Vollard Suite’ etchings in the privacy of his studio in 1943, he remarked of the Minotaur in this print: ‘He’s studying her, trying to read her thoughts... trying to decide whether she loves him because he’s a monster... It’s hard to say whether he wants to wake her or kill her’ (Gilot 1990, p. 42).

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