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The poet Juan Larrea told Lipchitz about fiestas in Peru where a condor is bound to a bull so that they fight. Lipchitz said that he heard the story at a time when he was profoundly depressed by the rise of Nazism, and that: 'the bull and the condor, and particularly the human beings who delighted in their struggle, signified the insane brutality of the world.' The rough handling of this maquette embodies the violence of its subject. Although he acknowledged its potential, Lipchitz never made a larger-scale work on this theme.

August 2004