Thirteen of Pablo Picasso's paintings were sold at a London auction house last week. These included the portrait of his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter at £49.8 million. This is the highest price a painting ever reached in an auction in Europe.
This Picasso painting is called 'Femme au béret et à la robe quadrillée' and it reached the highest price for any painting that ever was sold at an auction in Europe.
“Picasso is a giant of 20th century art, and his work appeals to collectors and art lovers from all over the world. The picture of Marie-Thérèse is a masterpiece portrait by Picasso.” (Harry Smith of Gurr Johns Art Advisory)
The artwork was purchased together with 12 other Picasso paintings by British art advisor Harry Smith at Sotheby's art auction on Wednesday. The client who requested the purchase remains unnamed.
Pablo Picasso is one of the most famous artists of the 20th century. The painter and sculptor, poet and playwright was born in 1881 in Spain and spent most of his adult life in France where he died in 1973. Picasso painted the portrait of his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter in 1937 just after he had finished the famous 'Guernica' painting.
source: The Guardian
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