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Picasso portrait of muse up for sale

Updated: 2017-09-15 09:04

Picasso portrait of muse up for sale

Christie's auction house staff show Pablo Picasso's painting Femme accroupie (Jacqueline) in London on Wednesday. [Photo/Agencies]

A late Picasso portrait of his paramour Jacqueline Roque is going up for auction for the first time, with an estimated price of up to $30 million, Christie's auction house said on Wednesday. Christie's will offer Femme accroupie (Jacqueline)-Crouching Woman (Jacqueline)-at a Nov 13 sale in New York.

Painted in October 1954, the portrait hung for years in Picasso's private collection and has rarely been seen in public.

Christie's global president, Jussi Pylkkanen, says it is "a museum-quality painting" of "one of Picasso's most elegant muses". Roque was married to the artist from 1961 until his death in 1973.

The painting is one of three portraits Picasso painted of Roque in his studio in the south of France on Oct 8, 1954, all showing her crouched with arms around her knees. The boldly colored painting shows the influence of the colorful cutouts of Henri Matisse, who died later that year.

It is being sold from a private collection, and Christie's estimates it will fetch from $20 million to $30 million.

The painting will be on public display at Christie's London showroom from Saturday through Tuesday.

Picasso was one of the most acclaimed and prolific artists of the 20th century. Earlier his 1955 work Les femmes d'Alger sold for $179 million-a record for a painting at auction.


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