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9 November 2023, 22:35

Picasso's "Woman with a Clock" went under the hammer in New York for $139 million

Picasso's "Woman with a Clock" went under the hammer in New York for $139 million
A painting by Pablo Picasso called "Woman with a Clock" was sold at the Sotheby's auction in New York for $139 million. This made it the second most expensive work by one of the greatest artists of the 20th century sold at public auction.

The picture, painted in 1932, is a portrait of the muse of the Spanish and French artist model Maria-Teresa Walter. The girl is depicted sitting on a chair on a blue background.
Source: sothebys.com
Source: sothebys.com
Maria-Teresa Walter met Pablo Picasso at the age of 17. At that time, the artist was 45 years old. It is believed that shortly after meeting, the girl became the lover of the artist.

Picasso's love took on almost mythical proportions, the image of Maria Theresa appeared on canvas, in sculpture and on paper. Due to the age difference and marriage, their relationship remained a secret and was hidden even from their closest circle.

Despite this "conspiracy", the artist often depicted his muse, and these works were in great demand among collectors. For example, one of the artist's paintings, "Naked Woman", whose heroine was Maria Theresa, was sold at auction in 2022 for $67.5 million.
Source: sothebys.com
Source: sothebys.com
The previous owner of the portrait is the collector Emily Fischer Landau, who purchased this work back in 1968. After her death, works from her collection began to appear very often at auctions.

Experts consider Picasso to be the "most expensive" artist in the world - on May 4, 2010, the artist's painting "Nude on the background of a bust and green leaves" was sold at Christie's auction for $106.482 million, which became a record, that is, the most expensive masterpiece of art ever sold in the world.
Source: sothebys.com
Source: sothebys.com
However, five years later, his Algerian Women sold $179.3 million.

Source: edition.cnn.com

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