Artist: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 36 x 28 1/2 in. (91.4 x 72.4 cm)
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
Faun with Stars was created in 1955, at the height of Picasso’s romance with Jacqueline Roque (1927–1986), whom he married in 1961. Picasso’s choice of subject—specifically, a grizzled, starry-eyed faun and a nubile nymph playing a pipe—might symbolize his relationship with Roque. Mythological figures like these, which had populated his work in the 1920s and 1930s, often functioned as self-portraits, especially in narratives about love and lust. The work’s decorative and playful graphic quality is characteristic of Picasso’s late style and relates specifically to the painted ceramics he began making in 1947.