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Picasso 1932 exhibition in Paris

365 days in the life of a genius

Anyone familiar with the art market will still recall with shock that day in 2007, when a media-friendly collector from Las Vegas named Steve Wynn proudly unveiled one of his treasures, a voluptuous canvas by Picasso from 1932 entitled “The Dream“, only to hit his elbow against the artwork, causing a tear in the canvas. But since America is the land of happy endings, once the painting had been restored – now famous on several counts – it was sold privately in 2013 to the New York collector and hedge-fund manager Steven Cohen for an alleged 155 million dollars. “The Dream” can be seen until 11 February on the picture rails of the Picasso Museum in Paris, which is dedicating an extraordinary exhibition divided into 365 days of the artistic output of the master of Malaga. In 1932, Picasso produced 111 paintings. 130 artworks are being exhibited in Paris for the occasion, comprising paintings, sculptures, and drawings made during that year. Similarly, it was in 1932 that Picasso published the first part of his catalogue raisonné. He was also the subject of his first retrospective at the Georges Petit Gallery in Paris, followed by the Kunsthaus in Zurich. But above all, he was mad with lust for the young woman whom he approached in 1927 leaving the Galeries Lafayette: the pale and whimsical blonde Marie-Thérèse Walter, then 17 years old.