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Head of a Bull

Pablo Picasso

The canvas was acquired, probably immediately after its execution, by Louise Leiris, wife of the poet Michel Leiris and owner of the famous Parisian gallery that managed to secure much of Picasso’s output during the Second World War.

Along with the painting of the same subject now in Düsseldorf, the work was included in the first major exhibition devoted to the Spanish artist in Paris after the end of the conflict. The brutality and expressive power of this bleeding head, set on a table front of the frame of a window, took on the value of a symbol of isolation and horror, and as such was evoked on more than one occasion by artists like Cassinari and Morlotti, who had seen it in the rooms of the Leiris gallery.
Bought by Riccardo Gualino, the canvas passed, after his death, into the hands of Emilio Jesi.

Download hi-res image TITLE Head of a Bull
AUTHOR Pablo Picasso
DATE 1942
OBJECT TYPE AND MATERIAL Oil on canvas
DIMENSIONS cm 116 x 89
INVENTORY 5465
ROOM X
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