Picasso's Femme au Costume could make $32.8m in London

Pablo Picasso's Femme au Costume Turc Dans un Fauteuil will carry a £15m-20m ($24.6m-32.8m) estimate to Christie's Impressionist/Modern Evening Sale in London.

The auction will take place on February 4.

Picasso Femme au Costume Christie's
The work depicts Jacqueline Roque, one of Picasso's most significant muses

Dating to 1955, the major work shows Jacqueline Roque, a muse whom Picasso would later marry, in a harem costume - one of a number of pieces that explore variations on Delacroix's Les femmes d'Alger dans leur appartement (1834).

The death of Matisse, with whom Picasso had enjoyed a long friendship, is thought to have been a catalyst for his development of the concubine theme as it is a motif that appears throughout Matisse's work.

He told biographer Roland Penrose, who visited him in his studio in 1955, "when Matisse died he left his odalisques to me as a legacy, and this is my idea of the orient though I have never been there".

Jacqueline was also said to strongly resemble a woman appearing in Delacroix's work, and lived for many years in Africa - an orientalist connection that Picasso exploited in his work.

The sale will also feature significant works from Juan Gris and Piet Mondrian - along with pieces by Claude Monet and Alberto Giacometti.  

We have this postcard of Picasso's Femme ivre se fatigue, which has been signed by the artist.

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