Celebrating Picasso’s artistic legacy

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One of history’s most influential artists, Pablo Picasso devoted his life to art for nearly 80 years. Throughout his long and varied career, Picasso produced more than 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theatre sets and costumes. His innovation and genius continue to inspire beyond his time.

2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the Spanish master’s death. As the leading auction house for works by Picasso, Christie’s will commemorate the artist and his momentous legacy throughout the year.

Browse Picasso highlights from our global auctions, and read more about his life and work from our new and archived content. Further details on our programming will be announced and updated regularly; we invite you to join us in celebration of this unique and important figure of the 20th century.

Auction highlights

Special features

Sir Paul Smith


Tailor-made: how fashion guru Paul Smith earned his stripes designing a bespoke celebration of Picasso in Paris

The British entrepreneur was given free rein to rehang the collection of the Musée National Picasso-Paris

Picasso’s world: the ultimate guide to the Spanish painter’s influences and inspirations


Picasso’s world: the ultimate guide to the Spanish painter’s influences and inspirations

The people, places, and things that forged the revolutionary artist’s enduring legacy

Exhibition highlights from a year of Picasso


Exhibition highlights from a year of Picasso

To mark the half-century since Picasso’s death, more than 50 exhibitions of his work are taking place globally — here are the ones not to miss

(Left) Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Femme nue couchée au collier (Marie-Thérèse), 1932. Oil on canvas. 16 x 16 in (40.6 x 40.6 cm). Sold for £14,582,500. (Right) Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Femme assise dans un fauteuil noir (Jacqueline), 1962. Oil on canvas. 51¼ x 38½ in (130.4 x 97.8 cm). Sold for £9,659,000. Both sold on 23 March 2021 at Christie's in London


‘When you look at these portraits, you feel Picasso’s vitality and his intense, concentrated gaze’

In a pair of portraits painted 30 years apart, Christie’s specialist Keith Gill discusses two of the artist’s most enduring subjects: his lover Marie-Thérèse and his wife Jacqueline

Picasso inspecting an impression of La Minotauromachie with the art dealer and publisher Henri Matarasso, La Californie, Cannes 1961.

Collecting guide

Picasso’s prints: An expert guide

Murray Macaulay, Head of Prints & Multiples at Christie’s in London, explores the artist’s seven decades of printmaking and explains why his etchings, lithographs and linocuts are as sought-after as ever

All artworks: © Succession Picasso / DACS, London 2022

Style guide

Pablo Picasso: a style guide

As the 50th anniversary of the Spanish master’s death approaches, we delve into each of the styles that defined his long career

Pablo Picasso in his workshop studio in Vallauris, circa 1948.

Collecting guide

Collecting guide: Picasso Ceramics

Picasso produced such a dazzling variety of ceramic artworks, it can be hard to know where to start. Christie’s specialists offer tips for prospective buyers, from the markings to look for to choosing the right motif for a particular setting

Marc Porter, Chairman of Christie's America, with Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Fillette à la corbeille fleurie, 1905.

Collectors & Collections

Live like a Rockefeller – Picasso’s Fillette à la corbeille fleurie

Marc Porter, the man who has orchestrated the sale of The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, on a Rose Period masterpiece that represents ‘all that defines humanity’

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Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O') realized $179,365,000 achieving a world auction record for any work of art during the Looking Forward to the Past Evening Sale in New York on 11 May 2015.

Few artists have achieved the success and celebrity of Pablo Picasso or been so instrumental in fashioning the public’s understanding of what art and the artist can be. By the end of his long life, Picasso had become the defining artist of his century. His career spanned nearly 80 years and numerous celebrated love affairs — and although he saw himself primarily as a painter, he had worked in almost every medium, from ceramics to theatrical design.

Browse and buy works by Pablo Picasso, check auction results and learn more about the artist.