Sotheby’s sold Picasso’s iconic portrait of his ‘Golden Muse’ Marie-Thérèse Walter for $45 million
One of the greatest and most influential artist of the 20th century, the Spanish expatriate, painter, sculptor, and ceramist Pablo Ruiz y Picasso isn’t just universally renowned for co-founding the Cubist movement, the co-invention of collage, and his much coveted artwork, but also for his affairs with a number of women in addition to his two wives or primary partner, and his muses. The brilliant and charismatic Pablo Picasso’s different painting styles and relationships are intimately interlinked, as he actually attempted to capture not just the way his mistresses looked, but the totality of his feelings towards them. But the most celebrated was the French mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter, who was Picasso’s greatest love and principal muse. Notably, her voluptuous form was the inspiration for Picasso’s greatest sculptures, including the “La Lecture” which was sold for $40.7 million, Femmes lisant (deux personnages) which went for $21.4 million, to name a few among his world’s most expensive paintings. Now, the world’s top art collectors stand a rare chance to own Pablo Picasso’s majestic Femme assise près d’une fenêtre. This breathtaking portrait of his golden muse Marie-Thérèse Walter painted in 1932, will be auctioned as part of the Sotheby’s upcoming Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on 5th Feb, which also offers a selection of works of exceptional quality and importance.
Update: The PIcasso’s Femme Assise Près d’une Fenêtre (Woman sitting by a window) was bought by an anonymous telephone bidder for nearly $45 million, to become the top lot at the London auction.
Originally created on 30th October 1932, the Femme assise près d’une fenêtre which is regarded as one of Picasso’s most famous works, and a primary emblem of love, sex and desire in 20th century art, as per the auctioneer Sotheby’s, will be offered with a price estimate of whopping $56.2 million.
Known to be a property of a distinguished European private collector, it’s one of Picasso’s most iconic portraits, which is actually part of a series that first introduced his loving mistress and golden muse, Marie-Thérèse Walter.
Besides, we have also earlier seen the sale of Pablo Picasso’s ceramics and other finest works like the Picasso’s cherry-red musketeer painting “Homme a l’epee’ got sold for $11.5 million, the 1903 portrait of Angel Fernandez de Soto (The Absinthe Drinker) which was expected to fetch $45-60 million, and the ‘Tete de femme (Dora Maar)’ and ‘La Lampe,’ which were expected to garner as much as $65 million.