A portrait vibrantly colored and oversized painted by Pablo Picasso of his muse and lover Marie-Thérèse Walter reached this Thursday the $ 103.4 million at Christie’s auction held in New York. The bidding for ‘Femme assise près d “une fenêtre (Marie-Thérèse)’ started at 45 million dollars and shortly after surpassed 55 million, the approximate value that the auction house experts had given it, to end in a hammer price of 90 million, to which fees and taxes were later added.
The astronomical price was reached after almost 20 minutes of battle between two buyers who bid by phone through Christie’s representatives in New York, who increased the amount slowly but surely.
The piece, almost a meter and a half high by 1.14 meters wide, is considered an exceptional work of Picasso, since the Spanish normally painted Marie-Thérèse lying down, naked, with her eyes closed and lost in her own thought, but in this one she appears sitting on a black chair near a window. Furthermore, it was painted in 1932, one of the artist’s most productive and most coveted years: “Everyone wants one of his 1932 works,” Vanessa Fusco, the co-director of the 20th Century Art auction of this year, explained to EFE. Christie’s Thursday.
Specifically, it was produced in October 1932 at Picasso’s Château de Boisgeloup, in Normandy, and is part of a series of portraits by Marie-Thérèse that were exhibited in the exhibition ‘Picasso, 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy’, which in 2017 and 2018 was seen at the Tate Modern in London and in the Picasso Museum in Paris.
In the curvilinear cubism painting you can see a Marie-Thérèse, who met Picasso at the age of 17 when the painter was 45, sitting in a black chair in front of a window, dressed in red and green, and her limbs painted lilac.