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Picasso's Bestiary
A vast range of Picasso's works feature animals. Often these relate to important themes.
Owl, 1934 Drawing

A wide range of animals also appear in "The Unknown Masterpiece." Bulls, owls, fish, birds, a horse, a dog, a wolf, and even a spider and a snail make an appearance.

Horse, 1934 Drawing

"The Unknown Masterpiece" probably contains the largest concentration of animal forms in any single work by Picasso. In this respect, it cnsa said to prefigure Picasso's bestiary Illustrations for Buffon's classic, "Histoire Naturelle," produced just two years later, in 1936.

Bull, 1934 Drawing

The concealed animal forms in "The Unknown Masterpiece" are associated generally with the themes of death and sexuality. At other times their inclusion form part of poetic pun.

JPG image (18 K) Owl, 1934 Drawing
JPG image (29 K) Horse, 1934 Drawing
JPG image (35 K) Bull, 1934 Drawing
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