i am taking artistic license here. Because this painting is not officially Judith. But it should be.
“Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” is considered the most expensive painting ever sold at auction at $106.5 million (Including the buyer’s premium). The previous auction record was set in February 2010 by Alberto Giacometti’s “L’Homme qui marche I,” which sold for $104.3 million. But accounting for inflation, the most expensive work of art sold at public auction remains Van Gogh’s “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” – bought in May 1990 for $82.5 million (approx. $138.4 million in adjusted 2010 US dollars). Jackson Pollock’s “No. 5, 1948” remains the most expensive work of art sold overall – privately sold for $140 million in 2006 (approx. $151 million in 2010 dollars).
Why should this painting be Judith? Although Picasso claims this is a bust, it appears to be a decapitated head to me. And the nude is obviously Judith – exhausted from her exertion. The blue curtains are without a doubt the drapery of Holofernes’ tent. And the maid is off cleaning the fauchion somewhere in the margins.
Plus Picasso has no other works with Judith as the subject, so he must have meant to paint one. Now if i can just figure out what happened to the Judith that Van Gogh intended to paint.