Sotheby’s to offer portrait of Picasso’s sleeping beauty, Marie-Thérèse Walter

Pablo Picasso, Le Repos, 1932 (copyright courtesy Sotheby's).jpg

Pablo Picasso’s beautiful painting Le Repos (1932) remains the highlight of the auction House’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale, to be staged in New York on 14 May 2018. A stunning and intimate depiction of Picasso’s ‘golden muse’, Marie-Thérèse Walter, the work captures one of his many lovers in a relaxed and peaceful position. The subtle green of the top part of the painting contrasts with the striking orange / red of the lower part of the canvas.

The work will travel to Sotheby’s Hong Kong, London and Los Angeles galleries this spring, before returning to Sotheby’s York Avenue headquarters for public exhibition beginning 4 May where it is estimated to sell for $25/35 million.

Picasso 1932 — Love, Fame, Tragedy will open in London this week at Tate Modern. Last Wednesday, Sotheby’s sold the artist’s 1937 portrait of Marie-Thérèse, Femme au béret et à la robe quadrillée, for an outstanding $69.2 million — a record price (GBP) for any painting auctioned in Europe.