Granddaughter auctions Picasso works for charity

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"Palette et Tête de Taureau" (literally "The color board and the bull head," 1938)

The granddaughter of great Spanish painter Picasso is auctioning two of his paintings from her personal collection to support children and elders in difficulties in several countries including Vietnam.

ArtDaily on May 4 said Marina Picasso has chosen leading auctioneer Sotheby's to sell the paintings during the Impressionist & Modern Art Sale in Paris on June 6.

"Helping to look after orphaned children or suffering adolescents and surrounding them with affection has been a constant aim of my life. The sale of these two paintings will enable me to support various organizations involved in these fields," she was cited as saying in the ArtDaily report.

The sale is held in line with many charity projects that Picasso has carried out in Vietnam, France and Switzerland.

She founded a village with a medical unit, a sports ground and a swimming-pool for orphans in Thu Duc District in Ho Chi Minh City outskirts, which has been hosting 350 children for more than 20 years.

 

"Femme Assise en Robe Grise" ("Sitting Woman in a Grey Dress," 1943)

She has also funded equipment, training for nurses and the reconstruction of certain buildings at a major children hospital in the city. She has helped set up dispensaries in many districts and renovate an orphanage in the suburban Go Vap District.

She has also provided support to the Foyer-Handicap Foundation for tetraplegic adults in Geneva, and medical equipment and charity homes in France.

Part of her painting collection was shown in a world-tour exhibition in the early 1980s but the upcoming sale is the first of its kind.

The works reflect Picasso's new, combative aesthetic approach and militant engagement during years of war.

"Palette et Tête de Taureau" (literally "The color board and the bull head")  was painted in 1938, using strong black lines on a grisaille ground which has been interpreted as to show the feeling of illness and terror. The painting is estimated to be sold at between US$1.3 and 1.9 million, according to ArtDaily.

"Femme Assise en Robe Grise" ("Sitting Woman in a Grey Dress," 1943) is expected to draw between $3.2 and 4.5 million. It portrays his French painter lover Dora Maar in an Elizabethan dress that resembles a suit of armor, mixing black with soft pinks, blues.

The sale will also feature surrealist works by other renowned Western artists.

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