Picasso drawings sold by his former muse

Genevieve LaPorte poses next to her portrait painted by Picasso.

A collection of sketches and engravings created by Pablo Picasso in the 1950s and given to his young lover and muse, poetess Genevieve LaPorte, was sold for €1.54 million at auction, within €1.5–2 million pre-sale estimate.

LaPorte first met Picasso in 1944 at the age of 17, when the famous painter was already 63. She became his lover only years later, when she emerged as a renowned writer. LaPorte met Picasso again in 1951, the year the artist portrayed LaPorte in the drawings up for auction on June 27.

In his art, Picasso captured LaPorte in many guises: as a harem concubine, a bride, a sphinx and most famously, perhaps, as «Genevieve in a sailor’s top» («Genevieve au tricot marin»).

The highest price, €410,000 euros, was paid for a drawing «Odalisque», bought by the French state for the Picasso Museum in Paris.

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