A Woman Behind the Genius. Picasso’s muse at auction

The art market is always fascinating. Reading the list of the highest known prices paid for paintings gives us pleasure, passion and thrill, just like a detective story!

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The current world record price is approximately $450 million paid for Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi in November 2017. But how about the artist who’s widely considered one of the greatest and most influential painter of the 20th century and the creator of cubism?

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Yes, we are talking about Pablo Ruiz y Picasso. His Femme au béret et à la robe quadrillée (Marie-Thérèse Walter) will be offered by Sotheby’s in its Impressionist and Modern art evening auction in London this evening, 28 February. The painting is likely to be the evening’s top lot, with an estimated £36.5m ($50m) price tag.

 

The overall record for a Picasso was set in 2015 with the sale of the 1955 painting Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’) for $179.4 million at Christie’s while Picasso’s Femme Assise, painted in the summer of 1909 — when the artist traveled to the remote Spanish village of Horta de Ebro, which could only be reached by mule — sold for $63.7 million at Sotheby’s in London in 2016, making it the most expensive Cubist painting ever sold at auction. 

 

Let’s see if this will remain an unbeaten record! Losingmyhairinmayfair will be there for you to experience the thrill of the auction!

Dürer e il Rinascimento: a lavish exhibition in Milan

The aim of the exhibition, curated by Prof. Bernard Aikema, is to present the great figure of Albrecht Dürer for the very first time not only to the Milanese public, but also to Italian and international audiences. Losingmyhair couldn’t miss this very special occasion and just like the painter has flown to Italy!

Dürer visited Italy – Venice and probably Bologna – once or maybe twice. His engagement with Italian art and ideas sums up one of the most sublime episodes of the visual culture of the European Renaissance, which arose in the exchange between the German world (not limited to Dürer) and northern Italy between the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.

These relationships are illustrated in the exhibition through a series of comparisons between Dürer’s pictorial and graphic works and highly significant works from northern Italy and the Po Valley – some known and others rarely seen – by artists ranging from Solario to Bartolomeo Veneto, Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini, Lorenzo Lotto, Giorgione and many others.

Among them, three works by Leonardo da Vinci, the Saint Jerome from the Vatican Museums and two breathtaking drawings, one of which owned by Her Majesty the Queen and normally kept away from public view at Windsor Castle.

Worthwhile flying to the land where lemons grow…

De Nittis’s foggy Westminster

The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile is a fascinating insight into how London was perceived by the visiting French artists between 1870 and 1904. The remarkable works that came from their time here are not to be missed.

This exhibition will provide an unparalleled opportunity to view one of the most extraordinary masterpiece by Giuseppe De Nittis still in a private collection: Westminster (1878). Painted more than twenty years before Monet’s Houses of Paliament series, the red haze of the sky and river mingles with the smoke of Thames workers standing on the bridge in the foreground perfeclty ceonveys a palpably stifling atmosphere.

De Nittis, who spent much of his life in France, was able to represent a wide range of weather conditions, allowing him to paint London fogs – as in this painting – and Italian sunshine with equal success. Go and stare at an absolute beauty rarely put on public display.

 

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/ey-exhibition-impressionists-london

Your Private #MidaMilk

I love #gold since I was a baby…. and in the heart of Notting Hill there is an artist which makes always my own “Golden milk”. Not of gold, just a combination and juiced turmeric root which is rightfully considered to be a superfood.

GoldenMilk2As mostly known as a curry ingredient, turmeric is the latest health-food trend (thanks to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop) from Ayurvedic medicine – a holistic, a natural approach to health practised in India.

 

Nama, in Talbot Road, is a fantastic spot to try raw food and golden milk for the first time, exactly what I need in this cold and rainy February.

https://namafoods.com

A good Negroni in a dismessed public convenience…

Enjoy your Negronis in an old Victorian toilet!! No, I am not made!!

Descend the iron railing clad stairwell inside an elegant 1930’s style cocktail bar. The Bermondsey Arts Club & Cocktail Bar is famous for bespoken cocktails with seasonal ingredients from local markets.

From a dismissed public convenience to an ultra contemporary, chic and ultimately unique bar with brass panelings, amber glass features and a marble-clad bar and table tops.

http://bermondseyartsclub.co.uk