Faun Uncovering a Woman
Faune Dévoilant une Femme
From the Vollard Suite, Paris, 1939

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973. Printed by Roger Lacourière, French, 1892 - 1966.

Made in France, Europe


Lift-ground (sugar-lift) aquatint with scraping and engraving

Plate: 12 3/8 x 16 1/4 inches (31.4 x 41.3 cm) Sheet: 13 3/8 × 17 1/2 inches (34 × 44.5 cm)

© Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Purchased with the Lisa Norris Elkins Fund, 1950

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Among Picasso’s most celebrated prints, the Vollard Suite is named for the print publisher and art dealer Ambroise Vollard (French, 1866–1939). The one hundred etching plates that comprise the group, made between 1930 and 1937, were acquired from Picasso by Vollard over several years. Printed editions were distributed after Vollard’s death in 1939. The suite defies strict unity of narrative or aesthetic, but the imagery seems to relate a personal odyssey in which Picasso attempts to understand himself and his work as an artist.

One theme that Picasso repeatedly explored in these prints was that of the voyeur who spies on a sleeping figure. Faun Uncovering a Woman recalls the Greek mythological story of Zeus who, disguised as a satyr, seduces the nymph Antiope while she sleeps.