Picasso portrait of his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter fetches $67.5 million

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Written by Jackie ParumboToy Inn Owoseje, CNN

Pablo Picasso’s lover Marie-Thérèse Walter’s most bizarre paintings look like tentacle sea creatures and sold for $ 67.5 million, over an estimated $ 60 million.

“Femmenue couchée” (“Nude Women’s Reclining”) made its auction debut on Tuesday at the Sotheby’s sale in New York. Prior to the sale, the auction house stated that an anonymous seller obtained the work directly from Picasso’s descendants in 2006 after being in the artist’s mansion for decades. Picasso died in 1973 and Walter died in 1977.

Marie-Thérèse Walter gave birth to a daughter named Maya, one of Picasso’s four children. credit: Apic / Halton Archive / Getty Images

Painted in April 1932 during a prolific period for a famous contemporary artist, this work was one of many made by Walter, the mother of Maya, her second child. .. When they met, she was 17, and he was 45, married to Russian and Ukrainian dancer Olga Khokhlova.

Picasso’s portrait of Walter is very popular, his other 1932 work “Femmassise près d’une fenêtre” sold for $ 103.41 million last year, and “Nude, Green Leaves and Breasts” in 2010. A record $ 106.5 million a year.

This pair of rocky romance has also been idealized in exhibitions such as Gagosian’s 2011 Picasso and Marie Therese: Lamourhu. Approximately 80 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints of the model will be on display at this exhibition, and Tate Modern’s Picasso 1932: 2018’s “Love, Fame, Tragedy” will feature many of her images. Focused on the relentless year of production. Picasso began his relationship with the photographer Dora Maar around 1936, which overlapped with her relationship with Walter and Marl, and she became one of his artistic subjects.

Pablo Picasso's "Femmeau béret Rouge-Orange" From 1938, it was a subsequent portrait of Walter, painted three years after the birth of the child, when Picasso began another relationship with the photographer Dora Maar. Last year it sold for over $ 40 million.

Pablo Picasso’s “Femmeaubé retrouge-orange” from 1938 is a portrait after Walter, three years after the birth of the child, when Picasso began another relationship with the photographer Dora Maar. Last year it sold for over $ 40 million. credit: Courtesy Sotheby’s and MGM Resort

Through Picasso’s gaze, Walter sensually daydreamed, completely naked in shades of blue, formally portrayed in fur poses, and each piece screened in his bold, abstract style. I’m messing around. But in “Femme nuecouchée”, she transforms into another species with completely winding gray limbs. Brooke Lampley, Sotheby’s Chair and Head of Global Fine Art Sales, described “Femmenue couchée” as “a fundamental departure from tradition.”

“This striking painting is at the same time a deep lyrical tribute to the artist’s endless desire for Marie Therese,” she said in a pre-sale press statement. “With her fin-like, endlessly supple limbs, the portrait continues to be fascinated by the complete capture of Picasso’s muse as the ultimate expression of his genius.”

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