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November 30, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A Japanese real estate tycoon paid $48.9 million today to set a world auction record for a painting by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. But Picasso's "Les Noces de Pierrette" fell short of expectations that it would replace Vincent Van Gogh's "Irises" as the world's most expensive painting. Art experts had predicted that the auction, conducted simultaneously in Paris and Tokyo by a satellite link-up, would break the 1987 Van Gogh record of $53.9 million.
October 16, 1986 | United Press International
Jacqueline Picasso, the widow of Pablo Picasso, committed suicide Wednesday at the chateau on the French Riviera where the giant of modern art died in 1973, police said. Picasso, 60, was found dead in her bed at 9 a.m. by her maid. An automatic pistol was at her side. Police said the single gunshot wound to the head appeared to have been self-inflicted. The death occurred at Notre Dame de Vie, French for Our Lady of Life, a medieval mountaintop castle at Mougins, a village overlooking Cannes.
February 24, 1991 | Peter Schjeldahl, Schjeldahl is an art critic living in New York. His "The Hydrogen Jukebox: Selected Writings 1978-1990" is forthcoming from the University of California Press
How jealous was Pablo Picasso? Pablo Picasso was so jealous he would lock his mistress Fernande Olivier in the studio when he went out on errands. Once there was a fire on the floor above, in the legendary ramshackle Montmartre building known as the Bateau Lavoir, while Fernande was locked in. That can't have been pleasant for her. She was the first great love of Picasso's life, an honor that getting shut up like a pet in heat seemed to go with.
As an artist and a personality, Pablo Picasso resembled the Hindu god Shiva, "the destroyer of worlds," intent on outraging orthodoxy and defying tradition whenever possible. So it's ironic and even amusing to watch as "Surviving Picasso" turns his life into a genteel, well-behaved, even conventional piece of filmmaking.
October 18, 1987 | William A. Krauss
'Picasso dead! Listen to me--here in Vallauris, Pablo Picasso is dead like Sharespeare is dead at Stratford. He walks in every street, he winks at our young women, he drinks our wine, he honors the clay of our region. I know people who whisper they've seen him as recently as yesterday . . .' He died 14 years ago, on a Sunday morning--April 8, 1973--in his unpretentious hillside house above the French Mediterranean, four miles inland from Cannes.
A rose-period cafe scene by Pablo Picasso sold Wednesday night for $40.7 million--the third highest auction price ever paid for an artwork. The buyer was philanthropist Walter H. Annenberg. "Au Lapin Agile," a 1905 portrait of the young Picasso as a harlequin, had been rumored to go even higher, possibly exceeding the record $47.9 million paid last May for "Yo Picasso," another early self-portrait, and even surpassing the $53.9 million commanded by Vincent van Gogh's "Irises" two years ago.
November 21, 1998 | STEVE HARVEY
Les Hansen of Venice picked up some tickets from Ticketmaster and noticed that the small print warned that he had assumed "all risks" of injury "by hockey pucks, sticks and balls, other spectators or players or by thrown objects." Hansen experienced no such problems. Then, again, the tickets were for the Pablo Picasso show at the L.A. County Museum of Art. For some reason, they had been printed on the ducats used for hockey games.
November 11, 1988 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Times Art Writer
The second night of a week-long series of art auctions seemed to support the contention that records are made to be broken. Only 24 hours after the contemporary art market made a vigorous show of strength at Christie's auction house, a Thursday night sale of contemporary art at Sotheby's ran up even bigger sales totals and broke brand new records. Sotheby's sale of 12 paintings from the Sally and Victor W. Ganz collection totalled $48.5 million, almost double the $25.
October 19, 2003 | Anthony Jefferies, Special to The Times
The people of Malaga on Spain's southern coast, and the rest of us, are about to benefit from one of the art world's great bequests. The Museo Picasso Malaga is set to open Oct. 27, providing for the first time a hometown base for a permanent collection of works by this city's famous son.
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