Curator, Ann Temkin: This is Pablo Picasso’s She-Goat. It was a work that he made when he was about 70 years old, and having a start of a new life after World War II. Having moved from Paris where he had been living for decades to the south of France. Picasso in his very very messy, completely jam packed studio would make these assemblages from the things that he found from junkyards from his own house. His kids would make comments about how they had to hide their toys from him because he might come and get those if he thought one of them would work well for a sculpture that day. And really not like the famous history of art changing towering figure that he was, but almost more like a kid he would just sit there in the studio and putter around with all of these pieces.
The pregnant goat started out from a big wicker basket thats now her abdomen and the back of the goat you can see was a palm frond. Her utters are two ceramic vessels and her bottom is also an open vessel that’s put horizontally into her body.
Picasso had a pet goat who he kept around his house in the south of France. Picasso I think related to the idea of animals as full of spirit and intelligence and emotion, so I don’t think it's accidental that he makes her so alive and creature like even though she’s bronze.