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Fox blurs out the breasts on Picasso work worth $179m

Published 14/05/2015 | 12:54

Fox blurred out the nipples on Picasso's Women of Algiers
Fox blurred out the nipples on Picasso's Women of Algiers

US television network Fox has drawn criticism for blurring out the breasts in Pablo Picasso's 'Women of Algiers' in a news report.

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Fox reported on the sale of the painting at Christie's Rockefeller Centre auction room in Manhattan for $179m this week making it the most expensive piece of art ever sold at auction.

However, the breasts were blurred out when it was broadcast to viewers on Fox5NY.

New York magazine art critic Jerry Saltz took to Twitter voice his concern over the station's move, writing "How sexually sick are conservatives & Fox News? They blurred parts of the Picasso painting #SickMinds."

The uncensored version
The uncensored version

Saltz's sentiments were echoed across Twitter with outraged art fans tweeting with the hashtag #freethenipple, which aims to stop censorship of the female form.

The painting was finished in 1955 and was the most acclaimed of 15 versions of Les Femmes d'Alger, painted by Picasso in honour of his peer and friend Matisse who had died in 1954.

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