The most iconic painting at the Whitney Biennial is one of the world’s most expensive works, the Pablo Picasso Life, a stunning portrait of a woman in a nightgown with a red heart, the colors of the sunset and a blue flower.
But while the life is one to behold, it’s also a reminder of how much work goes into it.
The painting was created for a special exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1973, when it sold for $7.3 million.
It was then sold for just $250,000, a price tag that was considered “ridiculous,” according to a 2009 article by art critic John C. Wright.
The painting’s original buyer, an American collector, eventually sold the work in 2003 for $1.6 million, but it took the painting until 2007 for the artist to finally be recognized as one of New York’s most famous works.
“I feel like a very lucky person because I had the opportunity to have that experience,” Picasso told the New York Times in 2006.
“I’m proud of that.”
It took years for the work to be acknowledged as the greatest living work of art.
According to the Smithsonian Institution, it took over 40 years for Picasso’s painting to be officially recognized as the most valuable work of New Yorker art, with only a few other works having the same value, including Pablo Picassos famous painting The Portrait of Nino Veronese.
The Whitney Biennale is set to open April 6.
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