Pablo Picasso’s portrait of his mistress Marie Thérèse Walter has been sold for 28 million pounds at a London auction. It depicts her in bright colours, sitting near a window. When the couple met, she was just 17, while he was 45 and married to another woman. Their love story was kept hidden at first but Picasso secretly included her in his paintings: perhaps in the form of a guitar waiting to be played or by placing her initials across his own. Her voluptuous body is said to have inspired many of his other paintings and sculptures. Picasso had two wives and many mistresses but some say that Marie was the greatest love of his life. The painting was snapped up by a collector.
Do you like Picasso’s paintings? How much would you pay for one?
Read by Jenny (English accent)
Study the wordsPortrait– painting of a person Mistress– lover Auction– public sale Depicts– shows While– but, whereas Kept hidden– stayed secret Initials– the letters of her name His own– those belonging to him Voluptuous– sensual Snapped up– bought very quickly
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Do the takeaway test: £28 Million for Picasso’s Mistress
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