Skip to main content

Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold: Picasso Women of Algiers

Picasso Women of Algiers – Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold At Auction

The art world achieved a new record on Monday night, as the painting Women of Algiers (Version O) by Pablo Picasso sold at Auction for $179 million at Christie’s in New York.

While the auctioneers at Christie’s expected the piece to reach the $140 million mark, they were astounded when competing bids from several patrons drove the painting’s value past the previous world record holder, Francis Bacon‘s Three Studies of Lucien Freud, which had sold for $142.4 million in 2013.

Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold is Picasso Women of Algiers by Nazmiyal

Picasso Women of Algiers Painting

Experts at Christie’s say that the world-record setting price was the result of the combination of renewed interest in Modernist works in recent years, as well as an influx of  bids by new, younger collectors. Professor Sarah Lichtman, of the Curatorial and Design History program at the New School, says that demand for Cubist and Impressionist work is at an all-time high because the pieces are “beautiful, accessible and a proven value”.

The painting itself is a true achievement in Cubist portraiture. It features the figure of a woman sitting, eyes gazing at the viewer with breasts exposed, in the foreground, with another, more abstracted reclining nude to her right. In the background, several more prismatic nudes can be seen, their abstraction highlighted by their refracted reflections in  what appears to be a mirror or doorway. Stripes in red, ochre, and earthy greens vibrate across the angled dimensions of the room, furthering the sense of rhythm in the painting.

Picasso’s Women of Algiers (Version O) painting was already a breathtaking masterpiece; its ample beauty can now be said to match its extraordinary price tag.

Below is a selection of Picasso rugs available at Nazmiyal. To View our entire collection of rugs by Pablo Picasso, click here: Picasso Rug Collection.

Here are some beautiful Pablo Picasso carpets from the Nazmiyal Collection:

Vintage Pablo Picasso Rug Nazmiyal

Vintage Pablo Picasso Rug

French Vintage Picasso Arabesques Rug Commissioned by Marie Cuttoli Nazmiyal

French Vintage Picasso Arabesques Rug Commissioned by Marie Cuttoli

Vintage Pablo Picasso Scandinavian Rug Nazmiyal

Vintage Pablo Picasso Scandinavian Rug

Picasso Art Rug Vintage Scandinavian Nazmiyal

Picasso Art Rug Vintage Scandinavian

This art blog about the most expensive painting ever sold at auction, Picasso Women of Algiers, was published by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in NYC.

Related News

Patricia Caulfield Hibiscus Blossoms Vs Andy Warhol Flowers by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Patricia Caulfield Hibiscus Blossoms Vs Andy Warhol Flowers

Having recently acquired a rare Andy Warhol Flowers rug, we felt it made sense to...

Artist Agne Kisonaite Art Carpets by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Artist Agne Kisonaite Art Carpets

Artist Agne Kisonaite uses her art and carpets as a form of social and political...

Tim Burton Macys Thanksgiving Day Float by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Tim Burton Macys Thanksgiving Day Float

Tim Burton, legendary filmmaker, Gothic fashionisto, visionary genius, and one of my all-time favorite people...

Shopping Cart