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Minotaur with Javelin, 1934
In this 1934 drawing, executed just a few months before "The Unknown Masterpiece," there is a similar spear in an almost identical location, placed horizontally along the upper edge of the composition.

The drawing also contains a severed arm and a mortified Marie-Therese, motifs which both reappear in "The Unknown Masterpiece"

Spear in the 1934 DrawingIn "The Unknown Masterpiece," the spear not only relates to Picasso's identification with Christ and the Picador in the corrida, but also with an important scene from Wagner's "Parsifal".
JPG image (32 K) Minotaur with Javelin, 1934
JPG image (18 K) Spear in the 1934 Drawing
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