An esteemed Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso has won the respect and admiration of art enthusiasts in the world over. He has created various artworks, such as paintings, ceramics, and sculptures. He is also a playwright, poet, stage designer, and a printmaker. Below are five of his most valuable paintings.
1. Les Femmes d’ Alger (Women of Algiers)
This painting has an estimated value of almost $180 million. Created in 1955, this piece is among his late works. It is actually just one of a series of 15 drawings and paintings he created, which was inspired by a 1834 painting by Eugene Delacroix. Among the 15, it was the Version O that collected the highest interest at an auction. A Saudi Arabian royal family bought the artwork for their private collection.
2. La Reve (The Dream)
This is probably one of Picasso’s most famous masterpieces. When it comes to sensuality, the La Reve tops all of Picasso’s work. The painting is believed to be a special portrait of Picasso’s mistress, Marie-Therese Walter. This 1932 painting was sold at an astounding price of $155 million at a private sale between Steve Wynn and Steven A. Cohen.
3. “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust”
This well-celebrated Pablo Picasso masterpiece is yet another one that features his 22-year-old mistress, Marie-Therese. Created in 1932, this 5 feet tall painting is quite notable for its very vibrant blue and lilac colors. This artwork is so famous that it was sold at a very expensive price of US $106.5 million. It still holds the record of being the third priciest painting sold at an auction. Mrs. Sidney F. Brody bought the painting and kept it in her private collection. This Pablo Picasso work has never been shown to the public since 1961.
4. “Dora Maar au chat” (Dora Maar with Cat)
Pablo Picasso loved painting women, more particularly those whom he has a romantic relationship with. For this particular artwork, his subject was Dora Maar. She was his lover, muse, and work partner. The painting depicted her with a small cat on her shoulders. The canvas, which was created in 1941, measured 50.5 x 37.5 inches and was sold at an incredible price of $95.2 million to an anonymous buyer at a Sotheby auction.
5. “Garcon a la pipe” (Boy with a Pipe)
This masterpiece is one of Pablo Picasso’s earlier works. In fact, he was only 24 years old when he created it. It was painted during his Rose Period and not very long after he moved to Montmartre in Paris, France. The painting is a very vivid one, which depicts a boy with a garland of flowers on his head and a pipe in his left hand. Completed in 1905, this painting was worth a whopping $104.1 million at a Sotheby’s New York auction in May of 2004. While the buyer of the painting remained anonymous, the fact remained that it has surpassed the auction value of a Vincent van Gogh painting, which was the highest since 1990.