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Picasso painting of lover is auctioned for the first time

The auction of the painting “Femme nue couchée” (naked woman lying on her side) by artist Pablo Picasso depicting his lover Therese Walter will take place on May 17 here at Sotheby’s, New York. This work, born in April 1932, is expected to become the most valuable portrait of Walter ever put up for auction.

According to the auction unit, this painting was painted during the most brilliant period of Picasso’s career. Helena Newman – head of many world-class auctions for Impressionist and Modern art, commented that “Femme nue couchée” is a groundbreaking and extremely sexy work. According to Brooke Lampley, president and head of global fine art sales at Sotheby’s, the painting is a complete break away from traditional art, demonstrating Picasso’s desire to engage with Walter without strings attached to the works. enchanting endless flexible details.

About the character in the picture, Walter and Picasso first met in Paris in 1927 when she was 17 years old and he was married to his first wife – Olga Khokhlova – a Russian dancer of Ukrainian origin. Later, Walter became the inspiration for many of his most sought-after oil paintings, drawings and sculptures.

According to Sotheby’s, an anonymous person bought “Femme nue couchée” directly from a descendant of Picasso in 2006 after the painting had been stored in the artist’s home for decades. In the past year, another Picasso painting of Walter successfully auctioned for $103.41 million, far exceeding the initial estimate of $55 million.

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