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As art collectors all over the world are gearing up for Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale coming up in London on 27 February, there is indeed something special to look forward to. Among many artworks that will be displayed by the iconic auctioneers, is Pablo Picasso’s finest and most inspiring artwork that tells the story of the final phase of his life, Mousquetaire Et Nu Assis.

Worth an estimated £12,000,000-18,000,000, this 20th-century artwork will be part of a series of sales that will take place from February 20th to March 7th, 2018.  Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece Mousquetaire Et Nu Assis is a marvel to behold; it is painted with gestural, lavishly, and passionately applied brushstrokes. This masterpiece was among the first of the triumphant musketeers that appeared in Pablo Picasso’s arts in the 20th century 1967.

Why Should You See Mousquetaire Et Nu Assis?

Mousquetaire Et Nu Assis is one of Picasso’s most loved and studied work. Standing in her glory and beauty, the identity of Jacqueline, the great love, and wife of Picasso was never hidden in the painting. Her presence permeated every female figure in the final chapter of the artist’s life. She was made spectacular by her shock of dark hair, hieratic posture, and her large, all-seeing almond-shaped eyes.

Pablo Picasso's Mousquetaire et nu assis
Pablo Picasso, Mousquetaire et nu assis, oil and Ripolin on canvas (1967, estimate: £12,000,000-18,000,000)

Picasso showed his defiance of the history of art with the perfect combination of the old and contemporary art in this painting. He does so with a flair that remains unmatched. The eroticism and a sense of painterly bravado that this painting exudes combined with an unparalleled display of energy make it perfect for the style, themes, and execution that would come to define this late phase of Picasso’s oeuvre. Starting from February 5th to February 8th, Mousquetaire Et Nu Assis will be on display in Hong Kong. After the Hong Kong exhibition, it will be on display in New York starting from 12 to 14 February 2018 before being exhibited in London from 20th to 27th February 2018.

Speaking on the artwork, Keith Gill, Head of Sale, Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, Christie’s, London, has this to say:

“Picasso’s late career was defined by sensuous paintings in which he cast himself as the virile artist alongside his voluptuous lover. The allegorical figures were used by Picasso not only to reference fictitious characters but were a means by which he could situate himself firmly within the art historical canon alongside the likes of Rembrandt, El Greco, Velázquez, and Goya. He seemed to have a sense of urgency to his work in this period, as if trying to beat the passage of time, a feeling that is evidenced by the dense brushwork and bold gestures of ‘Mousquetaire et nu assis’. It is a privilege to present the painting as a leading highlight in the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale.”

A Look at The Man – Picasso

During his lifetime, Picasso was described as classical, historical and even mythological type of artist. He was a man that never ceases to amaze and impress with his masterpieces. He was not just melancholic harlequin, but also monstrous Minotaur and a courageous torero.

He became more daring during the final phase of his life as he transformed himself into a brave, adventurous, and virile musketeer, dressed in ornate costumes, ready for romantic exploits, daring escapades, and heroic deeds. These characters were the façade he showed to the world during his last days on earth. Picasso was motivated by a desire to beat the inexorable passage of time. This was his secret to painting with a new speed which was in many ways, reminiscent of the Abstract Expressionists.

London Exhibition

There is another reason to come to Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in London. Christie’s is one of the world’s leading art auctioneers. It is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art. Every year, the organization offers about 350 auctions in more than eighty categories which include photographs, artworks, jewellery, wine, collectable, and more.

In the first half of 2017, Christie made a total of £2.35 billion/$3 billion from the global auction, private, and digital sales. The prices range from as little as $200 to as high as $100 million. The organization has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories. London’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale is expected to be one of the biggest sales of the year.

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