Pablo Picasso. She-Goat. Vallauris, 1950 (cast 1952)
Pablo Picasso


Vallauris, 1950 (cast 1952)
On view
46 3/8 x 56 3/8 x 28 1/8" (117.7 x 143.1 x 71.4 cm)
Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund
Object number
© 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture

Picasso's studio in the town of Vallauris, where he worked beginning in 1948, was next to a yard into which potters threw debris—pieces of metal and shards of ceramics. After deciding to sculpt a goat, Picasso searched the yard for discarded materials that could suggest parts of the animal's body. He crafted a skeleton with these objects, and filled out the sculpture with plaster. A wicker basket forms the goat's rib cage; two ceramic jugs were modified to serve as its udders. Flat palm fronds shape the slope of the goat's spine and the length of its snout, and metal scraps are used as structural units throughout.

Gallery label from Focus: Picasso Sculpture, July 3–November 3, 2008

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