Girl with a Candle (Self-portrait), 1911, private collection.
Zinaida Serebriakova was among the first female Russian painters of distinction. She belonged to the artistic Benois family. From her youth onwards she strove to express her love of the world and to show the beauty of the Russian land and its people.
He was 45 (and married) when he met her. Still, this work is beautiful. But is it worth $36 million? via cheatsheet:
Picasso Portrait Sells for $36M
The subject is 17-year-old blonde Marie-Therese Walter. The artist met his teenage mistress with the following pick-up line: “I am Picasso. You and I are going to do great things together.”