Eugène Delacroix, Oriental, assis sur un divan, tenant un narghilé, gouache, ink wash, and graphite, 17.4 x 20.2cm. Louvre, Paris. From arts-graphiques.louvre.fr.
Picasso's Femmes d'Alger, 1955, estimated $140 million, most expensive painting at auction, to be sold at Christie's, 11 May
Pablo Picasso, Femmes d'Alger, 1955. From artnet.com.
For more on Picasso's Femmes d'Alger paintings, see my previous post: 'Room devoted to Picasso's Women of Algiers series, 1954-55, at Pace Gallery (Chelsea), NY.'
Sketches from Delacroix's journey to North Africa, 1832, at Sotheby's 19th century European Paintings sale, London, 10 December 2014
Eugène Delacroix, Feuille d'études avec une fiancée juive, 1832, watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper, 27 x 36 cm. From Sotheby's. Sold for 43,750 GBP.
Delacroix writes from Tangier in a letter dated 23 February 1832: 'The Jewish women are so very handsome and their dress is the most picturesque. I have witnessed a number of their ceremonies.' From Jean Stewart (ed), Eugène Delacroix, Selected Letters, 1913-1863, 1954, p. 185.
Eugène Delacroix, Huit personnages arabes, 1832, watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper, 26 c 31 cm. From Sotheby's. Sold for 47,500 GBP.
Eugène Delacroix, Trois personnages et cheval, 1832, brush and ink on paper, 21.1 x 17.8 cm. From Sotheby's. Sold for 8.750 GBP.
Picasso & Jacqueline: The Evolution of Style at Pace Gallery, New York, 31 October 2014-10 January 2015.
Delacroix painted Women of Algiers in 1834 at the beginning of France's colonization of Algeria. 120 years later at the start of Algeria's fight for independence Picasso was inspired to create 15 paintings and numerous drawings after Delacroix's Women of Algiers. The Algerian war continued from 1954 to 1962.
Installation views of Pace exhibition in Chelsea (534 West 25th Street). From Pace.
Pablo Picasso, Women of Algiers [Les Femmes d'Alger] (Version H), 24 January 1955, oil on canvas, 103.2 x 162.3 cm. Nahmad Collection, Switzerland. From Tate.
Eugène Delacroix, Women of Algiers in their apartment [Femmes d'Alger dans leur appartement], 1834, oil on canvas, 180 x 229 cm. Musée du Louvre, Paris. From Wikimedia.
Nikoo Paydar has a PhD in art history from the Courtauld Institute, London.