Pablo Picasso, ‘Smiling Faun | Faune Souriant’, 1948, Gilden's Art Gallery
Pablo Picasso, ‘Smiling Faun | Faune Souriant’, 1948, Gilden's Art Gallery

This original lithograph is hand signed in pencil "Picasso" at the lower right margin.
It is also hand numbered in pencil, from the edition of 50 at the lower left margin.
The work was printed in a limited edition of 50 signed and numbered impressions with six unsigned proofs for the artist and the printer.
It was printed and published by Atelier Mourlot in 1948.

Note: This lithograph is one of the seven works that Picasso made on 10th March at Mourlot’s Atelier in Paris, five of those portray a flute-playing faun.


  1. Mourlot, F. (2009). Picasso Project: Picasso. The Lithographic Work. Volume I. 1919-1949. San Francisco: Alan Wofsy.
    Reference: Mourlot 112.
  2. Bloch, G. (1971). Pablo Picasso: Tome I, Catalogue of the printed graphic work 1904-1967. Bern: Edition Kornfeld and Klipstein.
    Reference: Bloch 519

Condition: Very good condition. Some very minor areas of pale yellow staining at upper sheet corners.

About Pablo Picasso

A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms, Pablo Picasso impacted the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled magnitude. Inspired by African and Iberian art and developments in the world around him, Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism. Along with Georges Braque, Picasso is best known for pioneering Cubism in an attempt to reconcile three-dimensional space with the two-dimensional picture plane, once asking, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” Responding to the Spanish Civil War, he painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), whose violent images of anguished figures rendered in grisaille made it a definitive work of anti-war art. “Painting is not made to decorate apartments,” he said. “It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.” Picasso’s sizable oeuvre includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs.

Spanish, 1881-1973, Malaga, Spain, based in Paris and Mougins, France