Three ‘Picassos’ for 50 million euros

Three works by Pablo Picasso were sold yesterday at auction house Sotheby’s valued at $ 64.3 million (50 million euros): Nature morte aux tulipes (which represents one of the painter’s lover), is sold for 37 million (29 million euros), Femme à la fenêtre by 15.3 million (12 million euros) and Le viol , for $ 12 million (over 9 million). These are figures of autumn auction with modest results.

Nature morte aux tulipe shows one of the muses and lovers Malaga painter (1881-1973), Marie-Thérèse Walter, who became an important flow of inspiration for his genius and, in this case, is depicted as a bust sculptural.

“This young woman, with her Greek profile, was the model for the most outstanding achievements of Picasso in multiple media, and Nature morte aux tulipes is a case in point, since the artist first made a sculpture of Marie-Thérèse, who then painted as a still life with a high sexual charge, “the director of Sotheby’s Impressionist, Simon Shaw.

Throughout 1931, Picasso began a series of plaster sculptures in which Walter recreated, and soon set about translating these creations to his paintings, including Nature morte aux tulipes , which would form part of a major retrospective Artist organized in Paris and Zurich in 1932.

The Malaga Walter had met in 1927 when she was 17, and began a clandestine romance, because at the time Picasso was still married to Olga Khokhlova, and devoted himself to painting in a studio he bought in 1930, Boisgeloup , where he hid all evidence of their relationship.

This painting had come to auction in 2000 when it sold for $ 28.6 million (over 22 million), and tonight, with a hammer price of 37 million dollars (29 million euros) and 41.5 million (over 32 million) combined commissions and fees of the auction house, fell short of the expectations, as it was valued at up to $ 50 million (over 39 million).

In Le viol , sold for $ 12 million (over 9 million), the artist shows a rape in all its rawness. The work dates from 1940, just before the Nazis invaded France, “a fact that was a great frustration to Picasso,” according to a spokesman for the department of Sotheby’s Impressionist Art, Augusto Urib.

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