Faun with Stars

Artist: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France)

Date: 1955

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 36 x 28 1/2 in. (91.4 x 72.4 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Joseph H. Hazen, 1970

Accession Number: 1970.305

Rights and Reproduction: © 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


By the time he made this painting, Picasso had moved permanently to the south of France. He associated the south with Mediterranean culture, hence the playful faun of antiquity appears frequently in his art of the 1940s and 1950s. This painting is closely related to works Picasso composed before the camera in Henri-Georges Clouzot's documentary "Le mystère Picasso", made in the summer of 1955.