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Prometheus fashioning Humans, 1988
Labyrinth I: The disgraced Minotaur,1962
Angry Centaurs (detail), 1979

From the start, Dürrenmatt drew his imagery from mythology, especially Greek mythology, which he came to know and love from the stories his father used to tell him as a child. The most frequently depicted motifs are the labyrinth and the Minotaur imprisoned therein; Atlas holding up the world; and Prometheus who, both artist and rebel, fashions clay into men. Also peopling his art are the emasculated Uranus; Orpheus and Ulysses on their respective journeys to the Underworld; and enraged centaurs.

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