Pablo’s Pets: Picasso’s Life and Work Through the Eyes of His Animals

By Stephen Eaker

Picasso’s life was blessed with the presence of many animals. Birds, bulls, horses, mice, cats, dogs, monkeys, toads, goats, and even snails found their place in the life and work of the Spanish genius. Picasso had five obsessive passions, in the following order: his art, his ego, his image, his women, and his dogs.

“Pablo’s Pets: Picasso’s Life and Work Through the Eyes of His Animals”
Wed, Oct 1, 4:30 and 6:30pm
La Ostra Roja
A Casa Verde Annex
San Jorge 45, Colonia San Antonio (off Refugio Sur)
Reservations: 121-1026 or
130 pesos

Picasso’s relationships with dogs can be charted like his relationships with women. For each of his new women, there was a new dog or dogs that joined them. When the woman in Picasso’s life changed, everything else changed: the painting style, the circle of friends, the house, the servants, and the dog! Sometimes the canine companion of a previous love would be included and taken along with Picasso when the artist began a new life with a different woman.

Picasso’s art is full of animals, and in every medium he employed in his work, one will discover a wonderful menagerie of birds with different feathers, reptiles, and mammals. Picasso also had a pet monkey named Monina. She sat on Picasso’s shoulder at the dinner table and took everything out of his hands for her own consumption, including his cigarettes, which she would smoke after feeding.

I would like to invite you to discover this unique angle on the story of Picasso’s life and work as seen through the eyes of the animal kingdom.


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