French Chateau Adorned In Picasso’s Frescoes Heads To Market

One of Sotheby’s most acclaimed upcoming sales includes a French chateau “touched by the hands” of Pablo Picasso. On the market for $10.3 million, the 13-century fortress, originally home to the Baron de Castille in the medieval town of Uzès in southern France, boasts five original frescoes along the castle’s loggia walls by the late artist. Commissioned by Picasso in 1962 and 1963 for his friend and legendary British art-historian and collector Douglas Cooper (who also owned the home at the time), Picasso’s works were recently dubbed “historic monuments” by the French State, as have the home’s grand colonnade outside, columned dining room, and outdoor stone façade. Along with Braque, Klee, Léger, and de Staël, Picasso was one of the estate’s frequent visitors.

The chateau features two drawing rooms, several kitchens, two dining rooms, seven bedrooms, and eight bathrooms, according to Sotheby’s online description. With an interior decorated by American designer Dick Dumas, the home captures the style, tone, and texture of Provençal France with a hint of American influence. Beyond the four walls of the home, the grounds feature two hectares, a formal knot garden, a tree-lined driveway, outbuildings, a staff house, and a central water feature alongside several vintage garden ornaments.

The Spaces notes, however, that Picasso isn’t the only artist to have his image preserved inside the home. Naman Hadi, an Iraqi painter, also created a fresco in one of the home’s dining rooms in 1977. Now, for the first time in more than 50 years, the 8,600-thousand-square-foot home is on sale.

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