L'Aubade by Pablo Picasso
Sale N08789 Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale – New York
November 2, 2011
Sotheby’s Lot Notes –
“PROPERTY FROM A NORTH AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR
1881 - 1973
Signed Picasso (lower left); dated 20/6/67 on the reverse
Oil on canvas
51¼ by 76¾ in.
130.1 by 195 cm
Painted on June 20, 1967.
Painted in 1967, L'Aubade exemplifies the dynamic force of Picasso's late work on a magnificent scale. Picasso presents a panegyric to the power of music framed within the central dialogue between artist and model. The male figure, a recognizable amalgamation of self-portrait and mosquetero, serenades a reclining female nude who recalls the recumbent beauties of Rubens and Ingres. With its foundations in this trajectory of art history, L'Aubade is a towering accomplishment and a dynamic depiction of an historic theme.”[[footnote]][
Estimated price: $18,000,000 - $25,000,000
Price realized: £23,042,500