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

Faune devoilant une femme, from: La Suite Vollard

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, some pale light- staining, otherwise in very good condition, framed
Plate 315 x 419 mm., Sheet 339 x 450 mm.
Bloch 230; Baer 609
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In a room flooded with moonlight a handsome and god-like faun unveils a sleeping woman. Based on Rembrandt's etching Jupiter and Antiope, 1659 (B., Holl. 204), it contains many autobiographical allusions to the artist's passionate relationship with his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter, whose powerful physical allure is so evocatively portrayed in the curvaceous figure of the sleeper. Unlike Rembrandt'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 aquatint was made, Marie-Thérèse had given birth to their daughter, Maya, and it has been suggested that this aquatint is Picasso's nostalgic evocation of a passion now passing, irrevocably changed with the advent of parenthood. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful examples of the artist's graphic work, both poetic and mysterious - and a dazzling display of his draughtsmanship and his command of the sugar-lift etching technique.

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