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This was the last in the sequence of one hundred prints known as the Vollard Suite. Incorporating a range of techniques, the series often drew upon mythological themes as well as allusions to Picasso’s relationship to Marie-Thérèse Walter. This print is directly based on Rembrandt’s engraving Jupiter and Antiope (1659), in which Jupiter visits Antiope, the daughter of the King of Thebes, in the guise of a satyr or faun. Made as Picasso’s relationship with Marie-Thérèse was petering out, it shows the faun gently uncovering the sleeping Antiope without disturbing her.

March 2011