Picasso’s ‘Le Rêve’ – Restored, the Painting Goes On View
Twice in 10 years, Pablo Picasso’s celebrated 1932 painting of his sleeping mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter, made international headlines. Alas, the artist’s breathtaking painterly skill and candid insight into human nature were not the cause. First, on a chilly November night in Manhattan, “Le Rêve” — “The Dream” — became the most expensive work at a glamorous 1997 auction, which broke all records for a single-owner sale. Then, early on a hot Las Vegas evening in September 2006, a new owner, Steve Wynn, poked a hole in the picture with an errant elbow, while showing the prize to unexpectedly shocked friends.
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