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Painting with muse and Picasso’s lover goes up for auction for 47 million euros – ZAP

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Pablo Picasso with Harold Gramatges and Alicia Alonso in France

A 1932 painting by Pablo Picasso, inspired by his muse and lover Marie-Thérèse, will be auctioned by Christie’s in May, with an estimated $ 55 million (about 47 million euros), the auctioneer announced.

“Woman seated near a window (Marie-Thérèse)”, an oil on canvas measuring 146 by 114 centimeters, completed on October 30, 1932, in Boisgeloup, where the artist had a studio in an isolated area, should go to the square on May 11, at an art auction of the 20th century.

The work is one of several paintings inspired by the young woman Marie-Thérèse Walter, that she portrayed that year, and, in this canvas, she appears sitting in a chair near a window, in one of her portraits considered more iconic.

The painting – which, according to experts, marks the entry of the plastic artist into a new pictorial language – was last seen in exhibitions dedicated to his “year of wonders”, 1932, at the Picasso Museum, in Paris and at the Tate Modern, in London, between 2017 and 2018.

This year was witness to Picasso’s extraordinary productivity (1881-1973), for the large-scale, very colorful paintings, inspired by Marie-Thérèse, who deified in previous years, in series with forms of classical profile, seated or reclined.

These works include works like “Le Rêve”, sold at auction, for 155 million dollars (about 131 million euros), and “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust”, sold for 106 million dollars (about 90 million euros) euros). Some experts say that in these works, the Spanish painter, born in Malaga, he will have reached the top of his artistic mastery.

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