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Picasso as Printmaker: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973): Satyrs and Fauns

Artist and Model / Women / Men / Bulls and Bullfighting / Satyrs and Fauns / Mythology / Nature / Buffon / Color

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The Satyr or Faun—half man, half goat, and with a goatish disposition, lustful whenever opportunity presents itself—figures in many of Picasso's works, often as a substitute for the artist himself.
Head of a faun I (Mourlot 160a, Gauss 473a, Bloch 591a, Cramer 55a). Original lithograph, 1949. 2500 impressions for the front cover of Picasso Lithographe I published by Editions du Livre Andre Sauret (Monte Carlo, 1949). There were also five impressions combining the front and rear covers on Arches with wide margins. This cheerful faun was drawn in ink by fingerprints on transfer paper and then transferred to stone. Image size: 315x230mm. Price: $2000.
Head of a faun II (Mourlot 160b, Gauss 473b, Bloch 591b, Cramer 55b). Original lithograph, 1949. 2500 impressions for the rear cover of Picasso Lithographe I published by Editions du Livre Andre Sauret (Monte Carlo, 1949). There were also five impressions combining the front and rear covers on Arches with wide margins. This very contrasty faun was drawn in ink by fingerprints on transfer paper and then transferred to stone. Image size: 315x230mm. Price: $2000.
Head of a faun I (Mourlot 177, Gauss 519, Bloch 605). Original lithograph, 1949. 20 signed impressions on japon + 180 unsigned impressions for Yvan Goll's Ihpétonga Elegy. There was also an American edition limited to 64 numbered impressions, of which ours is one. Rare. Image size: 322x250mm. Price: $2500.
Head of a faun III (Mourlot 177, Gauss 521, Bloch 607). Original lithograph, 1949. 20 signed impressions on japon + 180 unsigned impressions for Yvan Goll's Ihpétonga Elegy. There was also an American edition limited to 64 numbered impressions, of which ours is one. Rare. Image size: 322x250mm. Price: $2500.
Head of a faun IV (Mourlot 177, Gauss 522, Bloch 608). Original lithograph, 1949. 20 signed impressions on japon + 180 unsigned impressions for Yvan Goll's Ihpétonga Elegy. There was also an American edition limited to 64 numbered impressions, of which ours is one. Rare. Image size: 322x250mm. Price: $2500.
Degas in the Bordello. (Series 156 n. 95) Original etching, 1971. 50 numbered impressions signed with the estate signature stamp plus 18 for the artist and the printer. Executed 3/25/71 and approved by Picasso before his death, this etching, like the others in this series, was printed posthumously. Here Degas watches a patron of a bordello with one of the objects of his lust. Note the brutishness of the male customer in the brothel oblivious to the cooly-observing artist. Image size: 230x310mm. Price: $8500.
Satyr I (B. 1155). Original lithograph, 1964. 3000 unsigned impressions for Picasso Lithographe IV. This lithograph served as the front cover to the book. It is one of a long series of lithographs and etchings Picasso has made on this theme, which was particularly important to him from 1963-65. Image size: 320x235mm. Price: $1250.
Satyr II (B. 1155). Original lithograph, 1964. 3000 unsigned impressions for Picasso Lithographe IV. This lithograph served as the rear cover to the book. It is one of a long series of lithographs and etchings Picasso has made on this theme, which was particularly important to him from 1963-65. Image size: 320x235mm. Price: $1250.
Exposition de Ceramics (M. 314, Gauss 745). Original 3-color lithograph, 1958. 500 impressions signed in the stone for an exhibition of his ceramics at the Maison de la Pensée Française in Paris. This is a variant of M313 / Gauss 744, which was printed in only two colors (lacking the green) and which was also printed in an edition of 500 impressions. There were also 125 impressions printed on slightly larger paper to be sold by the Maison de la Pensée Française. In addition to these two regular editions, there were a few artist's proofs. No signed and numbered edition exists. Image size: 645x475mm. Price: $3250.

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