Born in Málaga, Spain, in 1881, Pablo Picasso was undoubtedly the most influential artist of the 20th century. Spending much of his time in France’s Provence and Cote d’Azur regions the painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and stage designer was a genuine radical. After a long prolific career, he died on April 8, 1973, in Mougins, France.
The enormous body of Picasso’s work remains, however, and the legend lives on. For nearly 80 of his 91 years, Picasso devoted himself to an artistic career that contributed significantly to – and paralleled the development of – modern art in the 20th century. His broad appeal is reflected in the popularity of his work.
At any one time there are likely to be several Picasso exhibitions showing in galleries around the world. He is recorded as the most ‘sold’ artist, with over $3 billion of auction sales made so far. His nearest challenger is Andy Warhol, who has sold approximately half as much by value as Pablo Picasso.
Picasso at Auction When Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece, Les Femmes d’Alger, sold for $179 million (£116 million) in New York in May 2015, it smashed the record for a painting sold at auction breaking his own previous record which was achieved in March 2013: $155.9 million, for Le Rêve.
On average, his works sold at 123% of their high estimate, demonstrating that there is a still a high level of demand for the works of Pablo Picasso. Picasso was such a prolific artist, especially in prints and drawings, many works sold during the period went for affordable four and five figure sums.