I narrated it as follows in 2012 :
The soft beauty of Marie-Thérèse is not sufficient for calming the hot pulses of Pablo. He turns into a Minotaur for loving Dora. Unfortunately at the same time the Spanish Civil War unfolds its horrors. Picasso is possibly not far from going insane.
Four years later the whole of Europe is on fire. On May 2, 1940, Picasso draws Le Viol (the rape). Eight days later the occupation of France by the Nazis is beginning.
Le Viol is an ink drawing 38 x 46 cm in pen, brush and wash. The couple is naked. The man is worse than the Minotaur as he displays the real head of a bearded human brute. The woman tries in vain to resist.
This artwork is ambiguous. Under the threat of war it cannot only be the exacerbated carnal expression of an artist who will soon enter his sixties. It is a scream of hatred against the horrors of war. The thin and tiny signature demonstrates how deeply Picasso knows that he cannot change the course of events.
The art of Picasso is here similar as that of a Spanish genius from another difficult time : Goya. The bestiality of the raping man is the same as that of Saturn devouring one of his children.
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