Pablo Picasso: Faun with Stars, 1955

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973): Faun with Stars, 1955. Oil on canvas, 36 x 28-1/2 inches (91.4 x 72.4 cm). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA. Image: Metropolitan Museum of Art. © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

“In 1955… Picasso was once again in love, this time with Jacqueline Roque (1927–1986), a beautiful young woman whom he had met the previous summer and later married (1961). At the time of this painting, she was about twenty-eight years old and he seventy-four… a grizzled, starry-eyed faun and a nubile nymph playing a pipe… Such figures from mythology—nymphs, satyrs, fauns, centaurs, and minotaurs—had populated his work in the 1920s and ’30s and often substituted as self-portraits in narratives about love and lust… decorative and playful graphic style that Picasso adopted in works such as this characterize his late style and relate specifically to his painted ceramic oeuvre that he began making in 1947.” (© The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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