The Picasso portrait "Femme Assise Pres d'une Fenetre" was sold for $ 45 million at Sotheby's auction house in London on February 6, 2013.
Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, draughtsman and sculptor, best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work.
A portrait devoted to the "golden muse" of this renowned Spanish artist has been sold for $ 45 million at an auction in London. The painting, named Femme Assise Pres d'une Fenetre (Woman Sitting Near a Window) after Marie-Therese Walter, was painted in 1932. It was sold at Sotheby's auction house.
The impressionist portrait of Walter sitting in a black armchair was first sold for $ 6.8 million in 1997.
Helena Newman from Sotheby's said that the portrait was a "striking" work from one of Picasso's most celebrated periods. "We are delighted that this stunning and monumental portrait, which is part of the defining series that introduced his 'golden muse' to the public eye, fetched such a strong price," Newman added.
Walter, whom Picasso called "golden muse," was the focus of several portraits by the celebrated painter such as La Reve (The Dream), also painted in 1932.
In 2010, another Picasso portrait of Walter was sold for $ 106.5 million at Christie's auction in New York. The sale was regarded as a record for the artist.
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PROMETHEUS, Internet Bulletin for Art, News, Politics and Science, Nr. 187, March 2013