31 Mar '18, 9pm

Rare Picasso expected to fetch $92m at auction @ChristiesInc

A rare Picasso believed to be a self-portrait created when the artist was under threat of deportation to a Nazi concentration camp is expected to fetch US$70 million (S$92 million) at auction, Christie's said. The oil painting "Le Marin" depicts a sad-looking man dressed in a blue and white striped sailor's shirt sitting on a chair. "You have... a slightly dark sense around the picture. It's nervous, it's on edge and slightly gloomy," Mr Conor Jordan, the auction house's deputy chairman of Impressionist and Modern Art, said on Friday. The painting shows the man resting his head against his right hand, while his legs are crossed with his left hand on his knee. "That's a traditional symbol of melancholy," Mr Jordan added. Created in 1943, during the Nazi occupation of France, the painting reflects the distress and anxiety of the Spanish painter who was under threat of being ...

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