Pablo Picasso’s full name is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso. It’s an impressive moniker, somehow befitting in scope of the artist’s colossal oeuvre, an inclusive selection of which is on Sotheby’s London auction block February 5, 2016.
Picasso in Private: Works from the Collection of Marina Picasso is an assortment of Picasso’s work from his granddaughter’s private collection that includes pieces from each decade of his career. The 187 works on offer cover a diversity of mediums, including ceramic, plaster, pencil, paint, and terracotta sculpture. Examples of the work are Masque, a corrugated-like glazed ceramic cut out that is expected to sell somewhere between £35,000 and £45,000 GBP ($70, 890–$91,144 CAD), and Visage de Femme, a Cubist image of a woman rendered in ballpoint pen on a paper cut out, folded vertically to stand upright, expected to sell upwards of £250,000 GBP ($5-million CAD), among other plaster statues, charcoal studies, and ceramic jugs and plates. The total lot is expected to reach somewhere just shy of £14.8-million GBP ($29.9-million CAD), perhaps a due price for the work of a man who could turn all he touched into an enduring masterpiece.