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Pablo Picasso: The Famous Spanish Painter
Pablo Picasso, indubitably one of the finest artists to have been born in the 20th century, lives in our hearts and minds through his marvelous work. Whenever he stroked a blank canvas with his brush, a rift in time was made; a piece of work immortalized at the very instance it was created.
His paintings, besides being iconic and largely recognized throughout the world, also often sell for substantial fortunes. The Spanish maestro’s work has become the pride and honor of art galleries, museums and private collections over the years. No other artist of his age has had such a huge impact upon the world of art and upon the life of a commoner alike.
Pablo Picasso’s Most Expensive Paintings
Having previously looked upon the most popular works of the artist, we now bring you a compilation of his most expensive paintings. Here’s a list of the 5 most expensive paintings of Pablo Picasso:
1) Le Reve
Price: $155 million in March 2013
The Spanish maestro’s very own tender-aged mistress Marie-Therese Walter is depicted in this exquisite work of art. She has been captured sleeping on a comfortable arm chair; a scenery that Picasso went on to replicate in another one of his Marie-Therese Walter paintings titled ‘La Lecture’. Legend has it that the artist finished this brilliant painting in one sitting on the afternoon of January 24th 1932. Marie-Therese Walter was only twenty four years of age back then while Picasso had just hit his fifties. There are two things about this painting which make it particularly renowned: it’s lush erotic imagery and the accident in which it was damaged back in 2006.
La Reve makes it to the top of the list of Pablo Picasso’s most expensive paintings. It has been sold for record price only to break that record in future! It placed sixth in the list of the most expensive paintings ever to have been sold back in November 1997 when, at a Christie’s auction, it brought in an astounding 48.4 million US dollars. It was then being resold in 2006 to the well known art collector Steven Cohen for 139 million (thrice its record price) by its previous owner and casino tycoon Steve Wynn. Wynn, while showing off this majestic work to a few of his friends, ran his arm right through the painting which therefore lowered its value down to 85 million. At first he planned not to sell it again but, in early 2013, he got it fixed and made good as new. The painting was then sold, at another one of Christie’s auctions, to Steven Cohen in 2006 for a staggering 155 million US dollars which makes it the second most expensive painting ever to have been sold!
2) Nude, Green Leaves and Bust
Place: Christie’s Auction House
Price: $106.5 million in May 2010
Being another one of Marie-Therese Walter’s depictions, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, like La Reve, also appeals to the eye of the beholder with its erotic content. Along the bottom of the painting, Picasso’s young mistress can be seen lying naked on floor with her limbs stretched out irregularly. In the background, leaves of the philodendron – or love – tree can be spotted. Picasso fancied the love tree and kept one in his residence. Upon keener inspection of the painting, there can be spotted a face coming out from behind a curtain. It is assumed to be Picasso’s own, emerging to deliver a kiss on his mistresses’ body. The painting belongs to the artist’s famous ‘blue period’. By now, he had perfected his own painting techniques. It is believed that Nude, Green Leaves and Bust was finished within a day.
Sidney and Frances Brody, famous art collectors of the 1950s bought this majestic artwork for a fairly low $17,000 somewhere in 1952. Until May 2010, the painting resided with the Brodies. It was then auctioned at Christie’s where it was sold for $106.5 million. Until La Reve was resold in 2013, Nude Green Leaves and Bust held the prestigious title of being Picasso’s most expensive painting while also holding the world record for being the most expensive painting sold at an auction.
3) Garcon A La Pipe
Place: Sotheby’s Auction House
Price: $104 million in May 2004
Garcon a la Pipe shows, in portrait, a boy wearing a crown made of roses on his head while holding a pipe in his left hand. This boy was a street worker from Paris who used to pose for Picasso. The maestro was only twenty four years of age when he finished painting this brilliant painting. Garcon a la Pipe brought the young Picasso a great deal of fame. The color theme of the painting distinguishes it from his later works. This one belongs to his famous Rose period.
The very first person to have bought this masterpiece was John Whitney, who paid $30,000 for it back in 1950. Whitney was the American ambassador to Great Britain. Garcon a la Pipe stayed a part of his private collection until the May of 2004. John Whitney died in 1982 and his wife, Betsey found a philanthropic organization called ‘Greentree Foundation’ soon afterwards. The painting was brought to a Sotheby’s auction under the Greentree Foundation’s supervision on 2004. The painting held the record for the greatest pre-sale estimate ever back then when it was estimated to sell around $70 million. The Spanish maestro’s masterpiece went on astonishing the experts attending the auction when it shot up to $104 million. It is the third most expensive painting by Picasso.
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4) Dora Maar Au Chat
Place: Sotheby’s Auction House
Price: $95.22 million in May 2006
Besides being one of his most iconic works, Dora Maar Au Chat was Picasso’s own personal favorite. The subject of the portrait is his very own mistress Dora Maar, who also happened to be one of the most popular surrealist photographers of the time. He always used to refer to her as his own ‘private muse’. The painting shows Dora Maar, alike Marie-Therese Walter, sitting on an armchair posing for the Picasso. In the background, a black cat can be seen right beside Dora’s shoulder. The Spanish maestro blends both bright and dark shades brilliantly in this work of his. For instance, the chaotic pattern of Dora’s dress, it increases the mystery of the painting two-fold.
Leigh and Mary Block, art collectors from Chicago, originally owned the painting. They decided to sell it to Chicago’s Gidwitz family’s private collection in 1963. After remaining a part of the Gidwitz collection for a good 43 years, it was put up for auction at the Sotheby’s in 2006. Experts estimated its value to go up to $50 million. And just like Garcon a la Pipe, Dora Maar Au Chat too went beyond it’s pre-sale estimates by quite a large sum. It was sold to a buyer whose identity remains unknown to this day. He paid $95.22 million (which is twice the pre-sale estimate) for the painting and it finally ceased to be a part of the Gidwitz collection.
5) Femme Aux Bras Croises
Place: Christie’s Auction House
Price: $55 million in November 2000
Femme Aux Bras Croises, which fairly translates to: ‘woman with crossed arms’ belongs to the maestro’s famous Blue Period. It is believed that the subject of this artwork was an actual female inmate belonging to a prison hospital in Paris called Saint Lazare. Among the many owners of this brilliant portrait was a famous writer and art collector named Gertrude Stein. He later had the high honor of becoming a subject of one of Picasso’s paintings.
The portrait was bought buy Chauncey McCormick, an art collector from a wealthy American family in 1963. It stayed with the mcCormicks till 2000. It was then bought by an anonymous buyer at an auction at Christie’s. There went on an intense battle of bids before the owner was chose. It sold for 55 million US dollars and remains, to this day, among the most expensive Picasso paintings ever.
Mother and Child Oil Paintings
Motherhood is one of the holiest of virtues that humankind has excelled to. It is believed in many religions that a mother’s love is the closest to God’s love. Despite the religious clause, motherhood had always, in all societies new and old, been considered a high calling. It is a full-fledged, painstaking job that has always been free of any monetary reward for the mothers. Still they have taken great care of their children and showered unconditional love and affection on them throughout the ages.
George Washington, first president of the United States of America is reported to have said the following about his mother:
My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
Famous Oil Paintings of Mother and Child
Let us celebrate the glory of maternity all around the world today; let us rejoice in the name of motherhood and the grandest gift it brings: the miracle of life. Let us honor the care-takers of the children of the earth with this list of top 10 paintings of motherhood. The list features some exquisite oil on canvas masterpieces from legendary artists such as: Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Gustav Klimt and on the top of our list, Claude Monet.
Top Ten Oil Paintings of Motherhood
Here’s our list of top 10 oil paintings of motherhood:
1) Claude Monet’s Poppy Field in Argenteuil
Poppy Field in Argenteuil uncovers Claude Monet’s love for rich color. He finished painting it in 1873. The master artist creates a tasty contrast between the lush green of the meadows and the haunting crimson red of the wild flowers.
Monet painted this painting in the wild poppy fields right outside the suburbs of Paris at a place called Argenteuil. He has captured his wife Camille and his son Jean taking a leisurely stroll together through the grass. Both mother and son occur twice in the painting; on the bottom right (foreground) of the field and in the top right (background) as well.
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2) Gustav Klimt’s Mother and Child (or Le tre eta della donna)
This painting is a part of Gustav Klimt’s very famous series of oil paintings titled: ‘Three Ages of Woman’. Mother and child shows a naked mother holding her young child while they both are asleep. It was painted exactly after three years had passed the death of his son Otto, in the year 1905.
Klimt was more than just an expert at what he did. He was one of the pioneers of the Art Nouveau (or New Art) movement which, in the near future, became the very foundation of all modern art works. He lead the Austrian group of Art Nouveau artists called the Vienna Secession and was it’s first president. His paintings, including Mother and Child, were marked by sensual content. His subjects were mostly in the nude.
3) Mary Cassatt’s Breakfast in Bed
Mary Cassatt has to her belt this beautiful work of art dubbed: Breakfast in bed. It was created back in 1897 by the American born artist. The subjects of the painting being a mother and her child. Motherhood has been the theme to many of Cassatt’s paintings. In Breakfast in bed, the mother is holding her child in her warm, motherly embrace as the child has his eyes locked upon the breakfast lying on the mother’s bedside table.
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4) Vincent Van Gogh’s First Steps
To this day, Vincent Van Gogh’s First Steps is remembered as one of his most brilliant works. A precious atmosphere of familial unity is created employing the use of a balanced scheme of color (which is characteristic of all of his final works). The painting is a copy of a masterful painting by the great artist Jean Francois Millet.
Van Gogh finished twenty one finely crafted copies of Millet’s masterpiece while he was staying at Saint Remy’s asylum in between 1889 – 1890. The painting encloses the artist’s ultimate passion within it for Van Gogh always dreamed of having a family (a wife and son) of his own but, unfortunately, he never had one.
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5) Pablo Picasso’s Maternity
Pablo Picasso, the Spanish maestro himself, painted this stunningly beautiful painting back in 1905. The subjects of the painting are a mother and her child and a deep bond between them is depicted: a beautiful mother, dressed in a bright, heavenly shade of pink, is breast feeding her newborn child.
Picasso mastered every type of painting he took up. From impressionistic depictions to surrealism et cetera, he painted with great passion and utmost creativity. Maternity is from his famous rose period and is his take on the meditative topic of motherhood.
6) Claude Monet’s Madame Monet and Her Son
Monet finished painting this marvelous piece in 1875. Madame Monet and Her Son also has ‘Woman with a Parasol’ attached to the beginning and it forms it’s actual title. His son Jean and wife Camille form the subject for this painting as well. In the movements depicted does the true beauty of this painting lie. The artwork shows the movements of Camille’s long, white-upon-azure-blue, skirt as the winds caress it. Alongside her dress, the wildflowers too are dancing to the rhythm of the winds. So does her buoyant parasol, expressing the wind’s motion.
7) Mary Cassatt’s Summertime:
Another masterful artwork of Cassatt’s proudly finds its way to our list. Summertime was painted in the summer of 1894, three years before her landmark: Breakfast in Bed. It sketches the beautiful scene of a mother and daughter sitting in a rowing boat, gazing at the ducks passing them by.
Surprisingly, Cassatt wasn’t ever a mother but, she still managed to capture through her paintings, with remarkable precision, the intimate bond between a mother and her child. She is primarily renowned because of the theme she frequently put to use in her paintings, that is, motherhood.
8) Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Woman with a Parasol and Small Child on a Sunlit Hillside
The French impressionist master of the art, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, finished this painting back in 1874. Woman with a Parasol and Small Child on a Sunlit Hillside illustrates a very natural scene: a mother lying in the meadows holding her parasol while her toddler drifts away into taller grass.
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9) Gustav Klimt’s Hope II
In Gustav Klimt’s Hope II, a pregnant woman is shown with her gaze locked right at her bulging belly. The Viennese artist finished painting this masterpiece in 1908.
Though motherhood has been a common theme for art over the ages, illustrations of pregnancy have been seldom brought to the canvas. With Hope II, Klimt too makes his second appearance on this list of ours.
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10) Vincent Van Gogh’s Pieta
Vincent Van Gough, during his stay at the Saint-Remy asylum in 1889 created Pieta. Pieta depicts the virgin Mary grieving her dead child’s (Jesus) loss. The atmosphere of lament created in this painting distinguishes it from other work’s of Van Gogh. In addition to the dark, morbid color scheme of the painting, the expressions of the subjects reflect the horror of Jesus’s crucifixion.
Probably the most important and the most influential artist to have been born in the 20th century, Pablo Picasso, like a vast, roaring flood, conquered the modern western art in its entirety. He is unarguably among the greatest the world has ever produced. Picasso, before he was even 50, became largely popular with the masses and eventually came to be known as the most well known name in art. No other artist, prior to him had such a massive impact on the art world.
His works have varied in tone and style all throughout his life and it’s really quite hard to summarize what exactly characterizes his paintings; makes them as majestic, as soulful as they appear to the eye. Perhaps his refusal to obey the general dictates of art (of his time) made him stand out the most. The artworks of the Spanish maestro are, to this day, among the most prized possessions of museums and art collectors all over the globe. He is probably the only artist to have had a mass following of critics and fans both. His most famous periods of work are the blue period, the rose period and the cubist period.
Though art collectors are largely disinclined towards readily selling and auctioning the works of Picasso they have in their possession, his paintings still sell for millions of dollars. Here are, for your eyes to see, 7 most popular paintings of Pablo Picasso, the Spanish maestro:
Garçon a la Pipe
Picasso’s paintings from his uniquely stylistic rose period, captured, quite often, the essence of the local entertainers (by profession) such as comedians, gymnasts et cetera. These profound works earned him a good deal of recognition. Garçon a la Pipe was painted by the Spanish-born artist while he was living in Paris. It is said to be an oil on canvas depiction of the boy who loved to watch him paint. The boy volunteered to pose for the maestro as he made the painting. Sold for a breathtaking $104 million, Garçon a la Pipe’s worth made it to the world records in 2004 at an auction in New York.
Pablo Picasso painted the First Communion when he was only fourteen years of age. His earlier works are very lifelike. The painting is a sketch of a real life event: Picasso’s sister, Lola, receiving first communion. For those of us who gaze upon his later (cubist) works and dare doubt his ability to paint realistically, this painting should easily suffice. Picasso painted following precise academic rules in his youthful years but, through the rest of his career, he refused to conform to the dictates of the academic art. Along with many other works from esteemed artists, this painting was displayed at a very prestigious exhibition in Barcelona.
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon marked the beginning of Pablo Picasso’s period of analytic cubism. It is among his later works. An obvious change in style began to trend in the maestro’s previous paintings when compared with his (new) cubist works. He used fast, lengthy strokes while making these sketches. Picasso, drawing a great deal of inspiration from native art of Africa (which he was studying prior to his period of cubism), took a huge step away from the traditional western art. It is unlike any of his works from the past. Owing to the unique blend of colors and strokes used in Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, it came to be known as the most innovative work of art since the works of Giotto. In addition to the intensity the dislocated faces generate, the intended scarcity of space in the painting is fascinating. Other influential painters of the same age and realm – like Georges Baraques and Apollinaire – rejected Les Demoiselles d’Avignon at first only to accept it as a masterful work of art later on. It is currently exhibited in the museum of modern art, New York.
Dora Maar Au Chat
Dora Maar Au Chat, for Picasso, is the most valued depiction of his lover, Dora Maar. She was one of Pablo Picasso’s many mistresses and a surrealist photographer by profession. This painting, for the maestro himself, is one of his most beloved works. On top of that, it is among Picasso’s most iconic paintings and thus, very (one of the most) expensive. It features Picasso’s mistress: Dora sitting on an armchair and a small black cat stand behind her in the background. The brilliant use of bold colors with the explosive combination of dense patterns of Dora’s dress is what is remarkable in this painting. This complexity of form adds to Dora’s dramatic posture in Dora Maar Au Chat. Picasso held a very high regard for Dora Maar and often spoke about her being his very own “private muse”. The painting was originally sold to Chicago’s Gidwitz family by two art collectors, Leigh and Mary Block. It then returned to the market in 2006. It’s pre-auction price was estimated to be around $50 million but the actual price at which it was bought was twice that much. The painting was bought from the Chicago’s Gidwitz family by an anonymous art collector from Chicago for $95.2 million.
Guernica is, regarded by the Spanish, as a national treasure; a monumental mark of pride for the entire nation. It is one of Pablo Picasso’s most famous paintings. It depicts the bombing of Guernica’s Basque town during the Spanish civil war. The town suffered heavy casualties during the bombing, and the dark shades of grey and black upon the white of death embody the unimaginable terror and chaos that befell upon the victims. The Spanish maestro originally intended to paint something else when he heard the horrible news, discovered about the bombing and came up with the idea for Guernica. The painting, in addition to describing the entire scenario, also makes important symbolic references (the eye shaped light bulb). Picasso considered the civil war a hideous crime and condemned it at great lengths. Guernica is, in itself, a condemnation of the exploits of the war. In 1937, this painting was commissioned by the Spanish Republican Government to be displayed at the Paris world fair. However, upon it’s creator’s wish, it was not to be returned to Spain until Fascism was put an end to. And so it returned to Spain in 1981 and became Spain’s property.
Nude, Green Leaves and Bust
Pablo Picasso had many mistresses all through his life. One of them, Marie-Therese Walter, was depicted in this painting. Sprawling across the bottom half of the painting, can be seen a nude woman lying down with her bust bare naked. The leaves in the background are the leaves from the Spanish masters favorite, philodendron (also know as the love) tree. He developed a liking for this plant in this phase and kept it where he resided. Upon closer inspection, we can see that a face is emerging from behind the curtains. This is Picasso’s own self reaching out for his muse, Marie-Therese Walter. This masterful work of art was unbelievably finished within a single day! By this time, the Spanish-born artist had mastered his skill and began to employ deep symbolism in his paintings. Nude, Green Leaves and Bust was initially bought for quite less by art collectors Sidney and Frances Brody in 1952, but in 2010, it was sold at an auction by it’s owners for a mind-boggling $106.2 million.
Marie-Therese Walter, Picasso’s mistress and muse, becomes the subject of yet another master piece of his. The maestro, with sheer brilliance, captures his beautiful, young mistress asleep on an armchair. At that time, Picasso was 50 and Marie-Therese Walter only 24. Many believe that La Reve was finished in one sitting on the afternoon of January 24th, 1932. The iconic painting is widely recognized for the arousing ambiance that it generates through the erotic content encapsulated inside it. The Spanish maestro painted this with an intentional modesty of form; plainer outlines upon a few bright, well-contrasted colors. American casino tycoon, Steve Wynn set out to sell this painting to prodigious painting collector, Steven Cohen in 2006. This deal was soon to be dropped because of La Reve being accidently damaged by Wynn. However, after a splendid set of amends being done (making it good as new), it was still sold to Steven Cohen privately in march 2013 for a breath taking 155 million dollars! It is the second most expensive painting ever to be sold.
History bears witness that painting, in its timeless entirety, is one of the major forms of art if not the greatest form. From the honest chisels of cavemen upon the walls of a cave to the magnificent strokes of Picasso upon a blank, dry canvas, countless instances of mankind’s subtle reflection of thought and emotion through color exist in this world we so dearly love. But it’s such a shame most of us remain strangers, for most part of our lives, to this monumental mark of our existence upon the earth.
Abstract Art is a relatively new kind of contemporary expressionism through which apparently random blotches of color and patterns are used to communicate ideas. It is often mixed with non-objective art and non-figurative art; there are similarities among all three, but the meaning of each is not exactly identical. So it is better to perceive Abstract Art as separate from other two.