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The Burial of Casagemas (Evocation), 1901
"The Burial of Casagemas", often cited as Picasso first exorcism painting, depicts the ascension of the soul of the artist's friend Casagemas, who had recently shot himself in a café.
The Burial of Casagemas

Two important motifs from this painting recur in The Unknown Masterpiece: the embracing couple in the lower left, and the crucified horseback rider, in the upper center. The crucified rider, represents the soul of Casagemas, ascending to the afterlife. Similar symbols also appear in earlier drawings and paintings by Picasso. The Unknown Masterpiece reveals its' ultimate stage of development, with the ascension of Picasso himself, at a time in his life he equated with his own death.

The Rider

JPG image (37 K) The Burial of Casagemas (Evocation), 1901
JPG image (48 K) Rider
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