Picasso’s “Luncheon on the Grass” & “Fruits from Provence” fetch 64 mln yuan at Haikou auction

Picasso’s “Luncheon on the Grass” & “Fruits from Provence” fetched 64 million yuan at a Haikou international art exhibition and auction with the theme of Haikou meets Picasso held Dec 24th – 26th, 2018.

The works by the Spanish painter, titled “Luncheon on the Grass” and “Fruits from Provence,” were auctioned for 34 million yuan ($4.9 million) and 30 million yuan ($4.4 million) respectively.

Pablo Picasso’s Luncheon on the Grass

For more than two years, from August, 1959, to September, 1961, Picasso worked on this series of paintings, “Luncheon on the Grass” which consists of twenty-seven paintings and numerous drawings. 

Pablo Picasso, “Fruits from Provence”

“Soft, romantic pastel hues decorate the glistening white earthenware clay” Pablo Picasso ceramic, “Fruits from Provence”, 1948

Picasso experimented with a large variety of ceramic forms during his career – from plates and bowls, to pitchers, and tripods, he also experimented with making service sets. Generally there is a unifying decorative theme that ties together the service set – in this case it is fruits from Provence. 

Jonathan Nash a famed expert on Picasso’s artworks was on hand to deliver a keynote speech at the art salon. Over 200 masterpieces from Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Zao Wou-Ki, a Chinese-French painter, were on display and auctioned.

More than 30 masterpieces by Western artists were shown for the first time in China, with 20 of them placed for auction.