Man with a Lamb
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973
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Pablo Picasso created Man with a Lamb while living in German-occupied Paris during World War II. The idea for the sculpture began as an etching the artist made in 1942 of a man holding a bouquet of flowers on Bastille Day, July 14. In a series of subsequent drawings, Picasso transformed the flowers into an agitated animal in the arms of a man who seems stoic in his effort to hold his oversized burden. Man with a Lamb recalls early Christian images of the Good Shepherd, and Picasso's depiction of sacrifice and suffering, which he described as an expression of universal emotion, takes on heightened significance in the context of the world war in which it was created.