Picasso’s Woman Sitting Near a Window (Marie-Thérèse) will sell for $ 55 million
May 11, Christie’s the new 20th century evening sale in New York will be showcased by Pablo Picasso Woman seated near a window (Marie-Thérèse), October 30, 1932 (estimate of around $ 55 million). One of the extraordinary series of iconic portraits that Picasso painted by his golden-haired muse during this landmark year, this monumental work is one of the most majestic and impressive representations of Marie Therese that the artist painted.
Vanessa Fusco, Co-head of the 20th Century Evening Sale, said: “From the defining series that has Marie Therese in the public eye, Woman seated by a window (Marie Therese) was painted in a pivotal year in which Picasso designed a new pictorial language to represent her muse and her lover. This striking monumental portrait was last seen in public in the superb exhibition dedicated to the artist’s “year of wonders”, Picasso 1932, at the Picasso Museum, Paris and Tate Modern, London in 2017-2018. As one of the most revolutionary and influential artists of the 20th century, it is fitting that this exceptional The painting will lead the first newly formatted 20th century art evening sale at Christie’s. “
Painted in Boisgeloup on October 30, 1932, Woman seated near a window (Marie Therese) crowns this great series of masterpieces from 1932. At this time, Marie Therese had risen to ancestry in all areas of her lover’s production. In the current work, she claimed absolute command, an idolatrous muse now reigning as a deity over the artist and his creation.
Here, Picasso presented Marie Therese like a winged goddess, one of modern times Nike, his lunar head, luminous and sculptural as if carved in marble, and yet his sensual and soft body, orbiting around his fiery red chest. No more languidly lying nude lost in private reverie, in the current portrait she is dressed, alert and upright, her omniscient gaze showing that she perfectly masters her subjects, the artist, her lover, visibly captive of her slave.
The year 1932 witnessed the extraordinary outpouring of large-scale, colorful and rhapsodic representations of Marie Therese. Having deified his sculptural forms and classic profile in the large series of plaster busts of the previous year, Picasso allowed the influence of his young mistress and the bliss in which he found himself to fill his painting. In the photo both seated and tilted, this series saw Picasso perform artistic alchemy with these two revered motifs. With this large succession of paintings – which includes works such as Le Rêve, Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust, Le Lecture (Musée Picasso, Paris), and Young Girl in Front of the Mirror (The Museum of Modern Art, New York) –Picasso reaches the height of his artistic powers. “There is no doubt,” William rubin declared, “That 1932 marks the peak of feverish intensity and achievement, a year of delightful masterpieces reaching a new and unknown high in both his painting and his sculpture.”