Christie’s is known for all its remarkable major sales. One of its leading lots was Pablo Picasso’s stunning work entitled Femme dans un fauteuil. Featuring Dora Maar, a french photographer he met during World War II when he was in Paris. Wearing a white ruffled blouse and a checkered blazer, wearing a feathered hat. This masterpiece was painted on 19 June 1941. During this time, Picasso challenged the ever-worsening and frequently horrifying developments displaying in Paris and turned inwards by painting the world of his workroom and those who peopled it with effervescent energy.
The majority of Picasso’s Portraits of Dora Maar are in great demand in the market lately, as it depicted a strong image and has had an interesting creative story process. In late 1945, Femme dans un fauteuil was involved in a memorial exhibition in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum—the first major British institution to hold a collection of Matisse and Picasso’s work which showed the power of art and culture after the war. In 2006, his work entitled Dora Maar au chat (1941) was even sold for USD 95.2 million in Sotheby’s auction. Last October 2020, Picasso’s famous portrait of Maar was sold for USD29.5 million at Christie’s New York 20th/21st century art evening sale, featuring alongside the works of Paul Cézanne, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Joan Mitchell.
According to Christie’s “Picasso’s images of Dora Maar are among the greatest of his wartime work; the cataclysmic events of this epoch and the artist’s personal reaction to them etched onto the visage of his companion.”