Picasso depicts the bull as a fearful animal on this plate, as he stands over a bullfighter lying prone on the ground. The figures are silhouetted in black on a red earthenware background. Black leaves encircle the violent scene. The symbol of the bull is a frequently recurring image in Picasso's work across mediums. Picasso’s bull serves as a vehicle conveying several metaphorical messages: nationalistic representation of Spain, commentary on brutality and fascism, an avatar for his own self-image. This plate was conceived by the artist on January 22, 1957.
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