Picasso’s priciest and least seen work on display in London

Posted Mar 7, 2011 by Igor I. Solar
The most expensive painting ever sold at auction, "Nude, green leaves and bust" by Pablo Picasso, goes for the first time on public display starting today at Tate Modern in London.
Nude Green Leaves and Bust  by Pablo Picasso (1932).
Nude Green Leaves and Bust, by Pablo Picasso (1932).
Picasso's work of 1932, which sold for $ 106.5 million at Christie's in New York last year, has been provided on loan to the Tate gallery by its owner, an anonymous private collector, and will be displayed in a new room dedicated to Picasso in the Poetry and Dream section. The painting is oil on canvas and measures 162 cm × 130 cm.
"Nude, green leaves and bust" is part of a series of paintings that Picasso made of his mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter. The paintings were done by the artist at Boisgeloup, Normandy, in the beginning of 1932. According to Nicholas Serta, director the Tate Modern "these paintings are considered his greatest achievements of the interwar period," reports The Guardian.
Picasso met Marie-Thérèse in 1927 at the Paris Metro and they became lovers, but kept their relationship secret because the artist was married to Olga Khokhlova. Other paintings of Marie-Thérèse Walter done by Picasso in 1932 are La Lecture (Reading), Le Rêve (The Dream) and Nu au Fauteuil Noir (Nude in a Black Armchair).
Before being sold in May 2010, the work had been held for nearly six decades by Sidney and Frances Brody of Los Angeles. The collectors had purchased the work in 1951 at Paul Rosenberg & Co., who had bought it directly from Picasso in 1936. Since then the painting has only presented in public once, in 1961, to commemorate the 80 th birthday of Picasso. Fifty years later, the second public showing starting today at Tate Modern is certain to arise high interest among Picasso admirers and art lovers in general.
A view of the Tate Modern in London from the River Thames.
A view of the Tate Modern in London from the River Thames.