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Erwin Blumenfeld, The Dictator, Paris, 1937

“In 1936-1937, Blumenfeld obtains a calf’s head, a large silk cloth and a plaster reproduction of a torso of Venus. With these elements, it has all the ingredients necessary to photograph the Minotaur or the Dictator. It does not need a portrait for his image to be understood: the autocrat dramatized by lighting limelight, clearly evoking the decadence of the Roman power, poses triumphantly. But Blumenfeld degraded the Minotaur - half-bull, half-man - he turns into a hermaphrodite of another kind, reeking putrefaction. Here, in the context of the year 1937, the presentation of Picasso’s Guernica at the Spanish pavilion at the Universal Exhibition of Paris and the exhibition of “Degenerate Art” in Munich must be recalled to memory. In 1941, Francis Picabia was inspired by the Minotaur Blumenfeld for an oil painting he calls the worship of the calf. He adds hands of fanatics swearing loyalty to a monster pink nose. “

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Erwin Blumenfeld, The Dictator, Paris, 1937

“In 1936-1937, Blumenfeld obtains a calf’s head, a large silk cloth and a plaster reproduction of a torso of Venus. With these elements, it has all the ingredients necessary to photograph the Minotaur or the Dictator. It does not need a portrait for his image to be understood: the autocrat dramatized by lighting limelight, clearly evoking the decadence of the Roman power, poses triumphantly. But Blumenfeld degraded the Minotaur - half-bull, half-man - he turns into a hermaphrodite of another kind, reeking putrefaction. Here, in the context of the year 1937, the presentation of Picasso’s Guernica at the Spanish pavilion at the Universal Exhibition of Paris and the exhibition of “Degenerate Art” in Munich must be recalled to memory. In 1941, Francis Picabia was inspired by the Minotaur Blumenfeld for an oil painting he calls the worship of the calf. He adds hands of fanatics swearing loyalty to a monster pink nose. “