PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973)
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PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973)

Faune devoilant une femme, from: La Suite Vollard

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PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973)
Faune devoilant une femme, from: La Suite Vollard
aquatint, 1936, on Montval laid paper, watermark Picasso, 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, a deckle edge at right, in very good condition, framed
Plate 317 x 419 mm., Sheet 337 x 445 mm.
Provenance
Hauswedell & Nolte, Hamburg, 14 May 1960, lot 817 (DM 4,600).
Wilhelm Reinold (1895-1979), Hamburg, by whom acquired at the above sale; and then by descent to the present owners.
Literature
Bloch 230; Baer 609
Special notice

Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

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Lot Essay

In a room flooded with moonlight a god-like faun unveils a sleeping woman. Inspired by Rembrandt's etching Jupiter and Antiope, Faune devoilant une Femme contains many autobiographical allusions to the artist's relationship with his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter, 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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