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Would You Pay US$ 95 Million For This?
to the point, would you hang something like this as a decorative piece
in your home? Will something like this – an acknowledged masterpiece –
bring good or bad feng shui into your home? Wouldn’t this lopsided
perspective of a woman purported to have meant a lot to the artist
create the energy of a grotesque caricature? Surely art in the home
should bring joy, pleasure, inspire and soothe the senses rather than
cause disturbing thoughts. And so, can something like the pictures here
possibly be good feng shui? You be the judge!
reported in early May that this portrait painting by Pablo Picasso, one
of several painted of Dora Maar, arguably the favourite of his four
mistresses - the woman who infl uenced him the most during the late
1930s and early 1940s - was successfully auctioned for $95.2 million by
famed auction house, Sotheby’s.
This recent revival of interest
in Picasso prompts us to delve a little deeper into one aspect of his
life – his relationship with Dora Maar and the series of paintings the
relationship inspired. It seems that this relationship caused Picasso
to unleash all the deepest passions he generated onto the canvas.
latest successful sale of a Dora Maar painting will surely cause many
other paintings of Dora Maar to surface... and there are many of them
Several years ago, the National Gallery of Victoria in
Australia presented an Exhibition of Picasso and Maar as partners in a
remarkable “creative dialogue” that spanned 10 tumultuous years. The
show was entitled Picasso: Love & War 1935-1945 – and it featured
Maar as a talented photographer who inspired a whole series of
harrowing Weeping Woman portraits. The early pictures show a smiling
happy Maar and that is when they make her look beautiful, but towards
the end of the relationship when Picasso left her for someone else, he
succeeds equally in capturing the depths of her misery – resulting in
the horrifying series of paintings of Weeping Woman, one of which we
showcase here. Surely this is exactly the kind of image you must never
hang inside your home? Surely it will create a situation of great
unhappiness in the home as it has such powerful energy of sadness?
We present several more portraits of this enigmatic woman who was herself a creative genuis.
Maar died in 1997 but the image of her weeping and of her happy will
forever mesmerize Picasso’s zillions of fans in the art world.
is not surpirsing that the 95 million dollar price tag (one of the
highest ever recorded in the auction world) ranks second to another
Picasso piece, “Garcon a la Pipe,” which was also sold by Sotheby’s for
over $104 million in May of 2004.
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