Protected Picasso murals adorn this $10 million French chateau



2016-02-15 14:14:12

A stunning 13th century French chateau which enchanted Pablo Picasso has hit the market at $10 million.

The artist was so enamored with the Château de Castille in fact, he left five sculpted murals on it's walls-which are now listed on the register of protected monuments by the French state.

The Castille was owned by the art critic and historian Douglas Cooper who had refused to sell the house to Picasso. In Barcelona, Cooper has admired some of Picasso's drawings at the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos which had been engraved into concrete by Carl Nesjar. Upon visiting the property, Picasso is said to have exclaimed 'give me a wall!' before designing five murals inspired by David’s “The Rape of the Sabine Women” and “Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe” by Manet, which were then engraved onto the wall of the eastern veranda of the Castille by Nesjar in collaboration with Thorbjoern Ulvoden, Leif Johannessen and the sculptor Erik Hesselberg.

The Castille is on the market with Sotheby’s International Realty for $9.9 million.

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