Tuesday 21 November 2017

Picasso's war art to fetch up to €18m

Pablo Picasso. Photo: PA
Pablo Picasso. Photo: PA

Anita Singh

A Picasso painting of a tomato plant that grew on his windowsill during the Nazi occupation of Paris is expected to fetch up to €18m at auction.

The 1944 still life represents the privations of war - Parisians were forced to grow their own produce because food was scarce - and, with its ripe fruit, the resilience of the human spirit.

Blacklisted by the Nazis as a "degenerate artist", Picasso was banned from exhibiting his wartime work in public.

Shown in New York once the war was over, the painting was bought in 1947 by Stephen Carlton Clark, heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune and founder of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

A private collector, who wishes to remain anonymous and purchased it in 1976 after Clark's death, is now selling it at Sotheby's on March 1. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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