• Old Master, Modern & Contempor auction at Christies

    Sale 7839

    Old Master, Modern & Contemporary Prints

    31 March 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 132

    Pablo Picasso

    Faune devoilant une Femme, from: La Suite Vollard (B. 230; Ba. 609 VI Bd)

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    Pablo Picasso
    Faune devoilant une Femme, from: La Suite Vollard (B. 230; Ba. 609 VI Bd)
    aquatint, 1936, on Montval watermarked Vollard, signed in pencil, from the edition of 260 (there was also an edition of fifty with wider margins), published by A. Vollard, Paris, 1939, the full sheet, two small brown stains towards the lower right, a tiny paper flaw (?) in the lower right corner, a minor pressure mark in the upper right margin, a short annotation in ball-point pen and a customs stamp on the reverse, remains of old paper tape also on the reverse, otherwise in generally good condition, framed
    P. 315 x 415 mm., S. 340 x 450 mm.


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    In a room flooded with moonlight a god-like faun unveils a sleeping woman. Inspired by Rembrandt's etching Jupiter and Antiope (B. 203), Faune devoilant une Femme contains many autobiographical allusions to the artist's relationship with his lover Marie-Thérèse, whose powerful physical allure is so evocatively portrayed in the curvaceous figure of the sleeper. Unlike Rembrant's Jupiter, who leers lecherously at the nubile Antiope, this faun gazes upon her, transfixed by her beauty and reaching out to caress the object of his desire. At the time this print was made, Marie-Thérèse had given birth to their daughter, Maya, and it has been suggested that the etching is Picasso's nostalgic evocation of a passion now passing, irrevocably changed with the advent of parenthood. It is one of the most beautiful examples of the artist's graphic work, both lyrical and mysterious, and has been justly described as a masterpiece.

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