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Man with a Lamb [Man with Sheep]

Modeled 1943; cast 1948-50
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) Cast by C. Valsuani
Who determines the meaning of a monument? This statue of a man and a lamb is enigmatic. Pablo Picasso designed it while he was living in Nazi-occupied Paris and insisted that he intended no symbolism or message. But in 1950 he gave a version of the statue to the southern French city of Vallauris. There in the center square, the austere man gripping the flailing lamb became a somber memorial to wartime sacrifices in the fight against fascism.

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