In the amidst of pandemic turmoil the world of art and auction remain unaffected. Pablo Picasso painting Women Sitting Near a Window (Marie-Therese) was sold at 103 Million Dollars at the New York Christie auction house on 14th May ,2021. The auction went on for 19 minutes until it was sold for 90 million dollars which rose to 103 million dollars when fees and commissions were added making the painting a real expensive deal in the world of art.
Before this auction the painting was acquired eight years ago at a sale in London for approx. 44.8 million dollars which is almost less than half of its price today. This therefore shows the love for the paintings made by Picasso, as five of his paintings have crossed a symbolic threshold of 100 million dollars till date.
The auction went on for 19 minutes until it was sold for 90 million dollars which rose to 103 million dollars when fees and commissions were added making the painting a real expensive deal in the world of art.
The painting of Women Sitting Near a Window depicts Picassos mistress/muse and lover Marie Therese, it was 1927 when Pablo and Marie met for the first time in New York and fell in love. Marie, a French model was just 17 at that time while Picasso was married and was 45 years old. They started their love relationship even while Picasso continued staying with his wife. The painting in which he painted Maries portrayed depicted embodiment of femineity the touch of young skin and a surrealism of his art in that period of time. Picasso all his life has shifted from one woman to another in his muse of painting and creating his art, nobody knows what he thought though and is undeciphered today. The above painting depicts the sensuousness of Marie looking outside the window gazing in the boundless time while she was pregnant. His paintings of her showed that she was neither his wife nor a friend but just an object of desire. Marie soon was pregnant and had a girl, named Maya. It was sometime soon in 1935 when Picasso moved on to his next relationship with another woman Artist Dora Maar.
All the other paintings of Picasso in this period portrayed Marie as an erotica for him where he projected her as blonde muse, which can also be seen in Le Reve portrait. The Le Reve is another of his highest bided paintings in the art world today.