Head of Bearded Faune, 1956


Head of Bearded Faune, 1956


Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)                    

Medium: Pochoir on Heavy Wove Watermarked Paper

Edition No.: 66/200

Signed in plate, upper left 

Printer/Publisher: Daniel Jacomet & Cie, Paris

Dimensions: 15" x 19.5" (27.5" x 31" with frame)

Between the years of 1946 and 1956, Pablo Picasso pulled concepts from his earlier creations, a series of drawings and watercolor, in order to form Head of Bearded Faune (1956). The Faun or Satyr (a half man/half goat) was a regular figure in Picasso’s work, sometimes appearing in the guise of the mythical figure of a Pan but often as a substitute of the artist himself.

Pablo Picasso chose pochoir as a technique over two-hundred times, both at the beginning and the end of his career. A refined stencil-based technique, pochoir is characterized by its crisp lines and brilliant colors, producing images that have a wet appearance. Pochoir begins with the analysis of the composition, including color tones and densities, of a color image. Numerous stencils were designed as a means of creating an image. The stencils were made of aluminum, copper, or zinc and would be cut with a straight-edged knife. The initial layers would be created with watercolor washes and the final marks applied with soft, opaque gouache, a process termed “lean to fat”. The images were further refined in an effort to create the most vivid, colored works on paper. Pochoir was most popular from the late nineteenth century through the 1930s, its center of activity in Paris.


In the collection of :

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY

Dallas Museum of Art (DMA)


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