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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 259

Pablo Picasso’s Baigneuses, Sirènes, Femme Nue et Minotaure

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 luglio 2020

New York – As part of ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century, Pablo Picasso’s Baigneuses, sirènes, femme nue et minotaure (1937, estimate: $6,000,000-9,000,000) will be offered in the New York session. Here, Picasso depicts the projection of an inner self, in the form of the Minotaur, a character lifted directly from ancient mythology. In the late 1920s, Picasso’s interest in Surrealism, especially through his close friendships with Paul Éluard and other poets in the vanguard of the movement, inspired him to take broad license with classical fables, to practice his own method of creative reconfiguration. The artist, moreover, had been writing poetry since April 1935, and, indeed, was at work during 6-19 March 1937 producing a stream of verbal imagery, on 17 March, he wrote “desire so cramped in its prison explodes the eggshell of the sea and lights up the bars that confine it”. Baigneuses, sirènes, femme nue et minotaure represents an inventive pictorial narrative used to visualise this “exploding desire” in a free play of iconography that Lydia Gasman described as the artist’s “mythological syncretism, generally based on inversions, the conjunction of opposites, and the conflation of heterogenous elements”.
Olivier Camu, Deputy Chairman, Impressionist and Modern Art, Christie’s: “Baigneuses, sirènes, femme nue et minotaure is a masterpiece of execution by Pablo Picasso and we are thrilled to offer this exquisite painting as part of ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century. It has never been offered at auction before, having remained in the family of the artist for over 80 years. Multiple meanings can be drawn from this powerful yet exquisite work in which Picasso depicts his magnificent mythological alter ego the Minotaure carrying and surrounded by his lovers.”

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