Murder and Butchery by Picasso and Chagall

Top: Chagall, The Butcher (c.1930)
Bottom: Picasso, The Murder (c.1934)

A recent article on Chagal discusses his well-known identification with animals. It concludes with a drawing called The Butcher (top) which is so similar in meaning and method to Picasso‚Äôs The Murder (bottom), both drawn in the early 1930's, that they are worth comparing. Both use knives for a violent purpose, to murder or butcher, but in a manner that suggests an artist drawing the very work we are looking at.

For the article on Chagall, click here.
For the one on Picasso, click here.

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