Today marks the birthday of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, born on this date 133 years ago. What better way to celebrate this joyous occasion than by preparing to spend $6 million on one of his paintings?
Pablo Picasso, Portrait de femme (Marie-Thérèse), Oil on canvas, 18 ⅛ by 15 in., Painted on December 4, 1937, Est. $4/6 million
An upcoming sale at Sotheby's in New York will offer 125 Picasso artworks, including etchings, linoleum cuts, paintings, sculptures, lithographs and ceramics. These pieces, created between the 1920s and 1970s, range in price from a few thousand to hundreds of thousands. Taking place on November 3, this particular auction will be followed by the institution's Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale the next day, during which a portrait of Picasso's "golden muse" and lover Marie-Thérèse is expected to fetch anywhere between $4 million and $6 million. Break open your wallets, art admirers, because the only way to celebrate a man famous for uttering the words "Good artists copy, great artists steal," is to drop millions of dollars on his Cubist imaginings.
The 1937 oil painting we're referring to, pictured above, is titled "Femme au Col de Fourrure (Marie-Thérèse)." It is one of many portraits that depict Picasso's 17-year long mistress, Marie-Thérèse, the mother of his second daughter Maya. As many art historians have noted, Picasso tended to portray this lover in bright hues and dreamy poses, a style that stood in contrast to the artist's depiction of his later mistress, Dora Maar, whom he painted in a dark, shadowy manner.
A few more of the women in Picasso's life make appearances in the November 3 sale. Picasso rendered the image of Françoise Gilot in 1949, in a series of eight lithographs titled "Femme aux Cheveux Verts." And he captures the face of Jacqueline Roque in a 1965 gold plate called "Jacqueline au Chevalet."
For more on the auction, "Picasso Through the Eyes of a Connoisseur," see a preview of the pieces offered below. Here's to a very happy birthday to Mr. Picasso, a "genius for the ages."
Pablo Picasso, Portrait de Jeune Fille, D’Apres Cranach le Jeune, II, Linoleum cut printed in colors. 1958, signed in pencil, aside, From the numbered edition of 50, framed, 647 by 532 mm; 25 ½ by 21 in, Est. $400/600,000
Pablo Picasso, Portrait de femme au chapeau a pompons et au corsage imprimé, Linoleum cut printed in colors, 1962, 630 by 530 mm; 24 7/8 by 20 7/8 in, Est. $400/600,000
Mains au poisson (Alain Ramié 214), Terre de faïence plate, 1953, numbered 209/250, inscribed 'Madoura' and I 117, partially glazed and painted black, blue, green and white, with the Madoura and Empreinte Originale de Picasso stamps, diameter 307 mm; 12 1/8 in, Est $5/7,000
Pablo Picasso, Visage a la fraise (Alain Ramié 625), Terre de faïence plaque, 1971, numbered 56/200, with the Madoura and Poinçon Original de Picasso stamps, 280 by 318 mm; 11 by 12 1/2 in, Est. $4/5,000
Pablo Picasso, Joueur de cymbale, Gold statuette, 1960, with the stamped Picasso signature, stamped-numbered 2/9 (total edition includes two artist's proofs), height 145 mm; 5 3/4 in, Est. $50/80,000
Pablo Picasso, Tripode (Alain Ramié 125), Terre de faïence vase, 1951, inscribed 47/75, partially glazed and painted blue, green and white, with thte Madoura and Edition Picasso stamps, height 755 mm; 29 3/4 in, Est. $80/120,000
Pablo Picasso, Personnages et Têtes (Alain Ramié 242), Large terre de faïence vase, 1954, from the edition of 25, inscribed 'E.E', partially painted black and white, with the Madoura and Empreinte Originale de Picasso stamps, height 555 mm; 21 3/4 inEst. $80/120,000
Pablo Picasso, Oiseaux et poissons (Alain Ramié 291), Terre de faïence vase, 1955, from the edition of 25, inscribed 'E.E', partially painted white, with the Madoura and Empreinte Originale de Picasso stamps, height 480 mm; 18 7/8 in, Est. $30/ 50,000
Pablo Picasso, Visage de face (Alain Ramié 442), Terre de faïence plate, 1960, incised 56/100 and U 100, partially galzed, with the Madoura and Empreinte Originale de Picasso stamps, diameter: 420 mm; 16 1/2 in, Est. $4/6,000
Pablo Picasso, Jacqueline au Chevalet, Gold plate, 1956, Diameter 417 mm; 16 ½ in., Est. $150/250,000
Pablo Picasso, Vase au décor pastel (Alain Ramié 190), Terre de faïence vase, 1953, numbered 199/200, incised 'Edition Picasso', 'Madoura' and 'R 135', partially painted blue, green, yellow and white, with the Madoura and Edition Picasso stamps, height 315 mm; 12 1/2 in, Est. $6/8,000
Picasso Black and White
All images are from the "Picasso Black and White" exhibition previously on view at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.