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Theseus and the Minotaur

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Jacques Lipchitz, Theseus and the Minotaur, 1943/1944, etching on paper, Gift of Mr. Curt Valentin, © unknown, research required, 50.171

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Title

Theseus and the Minotaur

Artist

Jacques Lipchitz (French, 1891-1973)

Date

1943/1944

Medium

etching on paper

Edition

36/50

Dimensions (H x W x D)

plate: 13 13/16 in x 11 1/4 in; sheet: 21 7/8 in x 15 1/8 in

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

intaglio print

Culture

Lithuanian

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. Curt Valentin

Accession Number

50.171

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

etching

intaglio printing

intaglio prints

Minotaur

paper

Theseus

Description

Jacques Lipchitz used the Minotaur, the monstrous offspring of a woman and a bull, to evoke the struggle of humans over their beastly nature. Those familiar with the tale will recall that the Minotaur was fed seven sacrificial youths and seven maidens, a reference (though not depicted in this rendering) to the sacrifice of the young to the insatiable Second World War engulfing Europe at the time.

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