An important work by Pablo Picasso of his model of nearly ten year, Dora Maar will be up for auction at Sotheby’s in New York on the 3rd of May this year. It has been in private hands for 40 years and has rarely been seen by the public. It is expected to sell for around $50 million.
I think it’s a bit spiky, dull, and too red and green.. but that’s only because I can’t put in a bid.
Here’s what the Chairman of Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Department Worldwide, David Norman said about the Dora Maar painting by Pablo Picasso..
“Not since Sotheby’s sale of Picasso’s Woman Seated in a Garden from the historic Saidenberg Collection has there been as important a portrait of Dora Maar to appear at auction. That portrait from 1938 sold for $49 million in November 1999 in New York. Dora Maar Au Chat presents the artist’s most mysterious and challenging mistress regally posed three-quarter length in a large wooden chair with a small black cat perched behind her in both an amusing and menacing attitude. The faceted planes of her body and richly layered surface of brushstrokes impart a monumental and sculptural quality to this dazzling portrait. The painting is also remarkable for its brilliance of color and the complex and dense patterning of the model’s dress. The powerful figure is set in a dramatic, yet simple setting composed of a vertiginously inclined plane of wooden floorboards and shallow interior space that is arranged in a manner reminiscent of Picasso’s earliest manipulations of space in a Cubist manner. This is a thrilling painting to view and an incredible opportunity to bring to the market.” Sotheby’s