Picasso is widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Taught to draw by his father, he showed artistic talent at an extremely early age. He continued to create work until his death at the age of 92.
This print is part of the Vollard Suite. This collection of 100 prints was named for the art dealer Ambroise Vollard, who was a key figure in their production. The subject matter for the prints is derived mostly from classical literature and mythology. In addition to the legend of the Minotaur and the tale of Pygmalion, themes in this series include the artist in his studio, as seen here, and Picasso’s preoccupation with sexual desire.