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La Gommeuse painted in 1901 is a unique artwork, firstly because is a masterpiece of Picasso and secondly because it represents the birth of the genius painter. Also it’s the Picasso rare double-sided painting. La Gommeuse was painted between the years that are well known as the “Blue Period” of Picasso, in the midst of his depression and explosion of geniality from the other side. This period concedes with the suicide of Picasso’s friend Carlos Casagemas, an unexpected event that happened in the moment when the young artist was making his first solid steps in the world of art.
It was then when this unexpected event touched the artist so deeply that the traces of this loss are resembled in the colors of his paintings. The “Blue Period” of Picasso, is literally blue in colors and mood, but it was then when the true talent of the artist triumphed.
La Gommeuese owned since 1984 by the billionaire businessman Bill Kotch, will be open for acquisition on November at the Sothesby’s, expecting to be sold for more than $60 million.
On 2000 another mysterious painting was discovered in the back of the painting, this elevated and doubled the value of La Gommeuese. After the inspection, the mystery and the back painting had a name and a face: Peler Manach- Picasso’s friend – painted with the body of an exotic dancer, representing the turbulent friendship between the two.
La Gommeuese, which is the nude portrait of a bohemian female, with the mysterious and gazing eyes, is an outstanding painting, as it signs an new visual idiom for the 20th century, which would lead to his amazing contemporary art works. We will be 100% following the auction of this rare double-sided painting, not only because it’s Picasso but we love fine art and exclusive news.
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