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Monday, December 11, 2017

Picasso's Nude, Green Leaves and Bust to be shown at Tate Modern

Pablo Picasso's Nude, Green Leaves and Bust is the most expensive painting ever sold at auction. Pablo Picasso's Nude, Green Leaves and Bust is the most expensive painting ever sold at auction. Photograph: Andy Paradise/PA

Nude, Green Leaves and Bust – the Picasso painting that last year became the most expensive art work ever sold at auction – is to be publicly displayed in the UK for the first time.

Tate Modern said it would be seen in a new Pablo Picasso room following a loan by its anonymous owner.

Tate's director, Sir Nicholas Serota, welcomed the loan. He said: "This is an outstanding painting by Picasso and I am delighted that through the generosity of the lender we are able to bring it to the British public for the first time."

The painting is seen as a seminal work. Created on a single day in 1932, it is one of a sequence of works showing the artist's then love, his muse and mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter.

Serota said the paintings were "widely regarded as amongst his greatest achievements of the interwar period".

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