Picasso’s Painting of Blond Mistress Sets Record, Is Fug

05.05.10 Marina Galperina

picassonudegreenleavesandbustYesterday Christie’s set the auction record by selling a Picasso for $106.5 million to an anonymous bidder, breaking Sotheby’s record for a $104.3 mill Giacometti. The reclining Coco-esque blond in “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” is his young mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter, so that’s twisted, post-coital smugness you’re looking at. She also looked like this, before he knocked her up and exchanged her for a fresher assortment of mistresses/wives/furniturized female forms. There’s not much to this painting aside from its assigned value, really, and the artistic process may have sounded something like this: “Want to be part of art history? Ok, lie down next to this curtain.” |NYT|