Picasso’s canvases rank first in “popularity” among the kidnappers and beat all records for sale at auctions. By the way, most recently, in May of this year, one of his paintings again headed the list of the most expensive works of art – it was sold for an unprecedented 179.3 million dollars!
Algerian women, 1955
Sold for $ 179.3 million. 05/11/2015
5 most expensive paintings by Pablo Picasso
Picasso created a series of paintings by ALGERIAN WOMEN based on the famous painting by Eugene Delacroix in 1834. Total – 15 variations, which are alphabetically listed as Version AO. In 1956, a year after writing, all of it for $ 212 thousand, bought Victor Ganz, a famous collector of modern art. Eleven works from a series of Algerian women were sold by Sally and Viktor Ghantsev during the latter’s life to museums and private hands, and the remaining four works, including the final Version O, were sold after the death of both Ghantsevs. Continue reading
Portrait of Susanna Bloch – painting by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in Paris in 1904 by the end of his blue period. The subject, Suzanne Bloch, was a singer known for her interpretations of Wagner and the violinist’s sister, Henri Bloch.
Luminous in the Paris sets, frequented by Picasso in the early 20th century, Susanna Bloch was a Wagnerian singer and violinist sister Henri Bloch. She was introduced to the Spanish artist by the French poet Max Jacob, in 1904, and she sat for a portrait of Picasso in his studio in 13 ruts of Ravignan in Paris between the end of the spring and the early summer of that year. Continue reading
The most expensive painting in the world?
In 2004, at an Sotheby’s auction, an unknown buyer acquired the work of Pablo Picasso “Boy with a Pipe” (Garson and la Pipe) in 1905 for $ 104.168 million. The starting price of work – 70 million dollars – an unprecedented amount for the art market. The high cost of the work is explained, firstly, by the impeccable provenance of the painting, and secondly, by its uniqueness: Picasso’s early works appear on the market extremely rarely, almost all the pictures of the pink and blue periods are in museum collections.
The Boy with the Pipe was written in 1905, when the artist lived and worked, and very successfully, in Paris. Nevertheless, on Picasso’s “creative calendar” this period is the earliest, pre-subist and, by the way, the most valuable. The canvas belongs to the rare for any master category of iconic paintings: it marked the artist’s transition from the “blue” period to the “pink” period. Continue reading