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Pablo Picasso's Women of Algiers: Is it worth $179m?

Pablo Picasso's "Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O')" (Women of Algiers), which sold for $179.3m (Reuters)

At a staggering $179.3m (£115m), Picasso's Women of Algiers became the most expensive price paid for a single painting sold at auction on 11 May.

Christie's in New York saw several wealthy telephone bidders jostle for the artwork, but why?

Fine art has emerged as an alternative investment...  [more...]

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The Women of Algiers by Eugene Delacroix

A summit of the art of Delacroix, The Women of Algiers, painted after the enriching experience of the voyage to North Africa, gives us the perfect synthesis, the exact point of equilibrium between Romanticism and Classicism. The Oriental inspiration, the expressive wealth of color are Romantic; the rhythmic ordering of forms, the controlled passion, Classical. Light and its reflections here play a determining role. The colorations, all in subtle values, create an atmosphere...  [more...]

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Pablo Picasso's Women of Algiers: Is it worth $179m?

Pablo Picasso's "Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O')" (Women of Algiers), which sold for $179.3m (Reuters)

At a staggering $179.3m (£115m), Picasso's Women of Algiers became the most expensive price paid for a single painting sold at auction on 11 May.

Christie's in New York saw several wealthy telephone bidders jostle for the artwork, but why?

Fine art has emerged as an alternative investment...

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