In July, at the Sotheby’s auction for the first time in several decades, a female portrait of Pablo Picasso’s work, which for many years remained inaccessible to the audience, will be presented to the public.
It is believed that the work carried out with a charcoal pencil, signed by The Sleeping Woman and dated 1931, is dedicated to Marie-Therese Walter – in those years she had an affair with the artist. Their relationship inspired Picasso to create many paintings, drawings, and sculptures, which were later recognized as his masterpieces. According to the Guardian, the “Sleeping Woman” was acquired by its current owner in 1986 and at least since then has not been exhibited publicly. At Sotheby’s, the drawing will be sold on July 28. Its estimated cost is from 6 to 9 million pounds.
This portrait is an absolute gem. Picasso found a technique that conveyed a particularly intimate mood to the work,
– describes “Sleeping Woman” the head of the department of impressionism and contemporary art of the auction house Helena Newman.
The connection between Pablo Picasso and Marie-Therese Walther lasted about a decade – from 1927 to 1936. When the painter met a girl, he was 45 years old, and she was 17. Marie-Therese gave birth to Picasso’s daughter Maya. A number of the artist’s works, inspired by her image, were sold for fabulous money. So, in 2010, the painting “Dream”, written with Marie-Therese, was estimated at 103 million pounds