with Pipe or Garcon a la Pipe, 1905. A painting by Pablo
In 1905, soon after moving to Montmartre, France, the 24 year old
Pablo Picasso painted what would someday become the highest selling
piece of art in history. In 2004, this amazing piece of Picasso
art brought in over $100 million shattering the record previously
held for a work of art. (See Vincent
van Gogh) It is oil on canvas whose subject, a local boy who
would visit Picasso’s studio, is holding a pipe and wearing
a garland or wreath of flowers. Though many art critics say the
high price is due more to the name than to the painting, this Rose
Period piece is still an amazing work of art.
Pepe Karmel, a Picasso expert, was quoted in the Washington Post:
"I'm stunned," he said, "that a pleasant, minor painting
could command a price appropriate to a real masterwork by Picasso.
This just shows how much the marketplace is divorced from the true
values of art."
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday
life. - Pablo Ruiz Picasso
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