this is picasso's man with a sheep that stands in the main square in vallauris. i would pass by it many times a day. it is so powerful, you can't walk by and not notice it.
"in the context of the symbol of sacrifice, picasso's sculpture of the man with the sheep, of 1942-1943, assumes a unique position in his life work. it was created during those anguished years of the second world war of which churchill wrote that "everyone realized how near were death and ruin." after the war picasso donated a bronze cast of this sculpture to the town of vallauris as a memorial to the resistance fighters." (art journal vol.32. no. 3. spring 1962)