Jeune Fille Endormie By Pablo Picasso
Jeune fille endormie (1935) by Pablo Picasso is a portrait of the artist’s young lover Marie-Thérèse Walter, who was Picasso’s muse during the 1920s and 30s.
Walter appears as the subject of several of Picasso’s most notable works of this period, including Nude, Green Leaves and Bust which sold in 2010 for a World Record auction price of $106.5 million.
The painting, which features the sleeping Marie-Therese Walter, was purchased soon after it was completed by the businessman and art collector Walter Chrysler, owner of the Chrysler automobile company.
It was shown as part of a 1939 exhibition of Picasso’s works at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and in 1941 appeared in an exhibition of the Chrysler art collection.
The painting has remained in private collections since its completion, and has changed hands just once since the 1940s.
In 2011 the painting was offered to the University of Sydney by a mystery American donor, on the condition that it be sold at auction to fund the University’s scientific research.
The donor, who wished to remain anonymous, also gave the Univesrity jewellery, cash and bonds worth a considerable amount.
In April 2011 it was announced that the painting would be sold at a Christie’s auction in London on June 21 with a pre-sale estimate of £9 - £12 million.