Between 250,000 and 300,000 euros. This is the estimate of the rare Picasso drawing, Player of the flute and lying nude (1932), executed in pen and ink. This drawing is unpublished, will be auctioned on march 28 at Christie’s in Paris. Player fluûte and naked lying will be sold for the benefit of the background of the acquisition of the Museum of modern art in New York, who currently owns the work.

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This drawing on paper, 26×33.3 cm, signed and dated Picasso PARIS, October 22, XXXII was donated by Picasso’s dealer Daniel-Henri Kahnweiler, before joining in 1961 the collections of the MoMA for a donation of Eve Clendenin, american painter.

Picasso Inspired by his muse

Dating back to October 1932, the year especially prolific in the private life and art of Picasso, this drawing is from a series of drawings in Chinese ink revealing his passion for Marie-Thérèse Walter, his companion and muse, between 1927 and 1935, and the mother of their daughter Maya Widmaier-Picasso. “The day I met Marie-Thérèse, I realized that I had in front of me what I had always dreamed of,” said one day Pablo Picasso.

“The high quality of this work combined with its provenance prestigious will no doubt interest many collectors international presence in Paris”, says Antoine Lebouteiller, director of the department of impressionist and modern art for Christie s.

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