Pablo Picasso’s 1905 painting, “Fillette à la corbeille fleurie”, was auctioned in New York for a whopping $115 million. The painting, which translates to “Young Girl with a Flower Basket”, was auctioned recently to Nahmads family of art collectors and dealers that comprise of Helly Nahmad, who owns the namesake gallery in New York. The auction was organized by Christie’s auction firm.
As per reports, the Rose Period painting of Picasso will be loaned out to Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The founder of Helly Nahmad Gallery is yet to confirm loaning the painting to the museum, although reports indicate that it is going to happen this Parisian autumn. The Musée d’Orsay will host an exhibition titled “Picasso: Blue and Rose” in corroboration with the Picasso Museum in the City of Lights.
The Musée d’Orsay exhibit, which starts from September 18, 2018, to January 06, 2019, will focus on Picasso’s works of art tracing from 1900 to 1906. The temporary exhibit will mainly chronicle the sculptures and engravings of Picasso, and if the loan goes through as planned, his Rose Period painting will also enlighten art lovers on a Musée d’Orsay tour this year.
About the Museum in Paris City
Musée d’Orsay houses artworks from different art movements or periods, including impressionism, modernism, realism, and art nouveau. It is home to works of art from some of the world-famous and independent painters, including Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Degas, and Paul Gauguin. It also has a very limited collection of Pablo Picasso’s works, and that is partly why it is coordinating with the Parisian branch of the Spanish museum named after him.
About Picasso’s Auctioned Paintings
If something is auctioned for $115 million, then it is a fact that its artistic quality would justify its astronomical price. The nude painting depicts a young girl approaching the age of puberty. It used to be part of “The Collection of David and Peggy Rockefeller”, for which, Christie’s serves as a global auction partner. Christie’s sale to Helly Nahmad Gallery is astonishing, but it is not the most expensive auctioned painting of Pablo Picasso. That accolade goes to “Version O” from “Les femmes d’Alger” series of artworks, which was sold by Christie’s auction back in 2015 for $179.4 million.