The 1932 work, which sold for $106.5 million at Christie’s in New York last year, has been lent to the Tate galleries from a private collection and will be on display in a new Pablo Picasso room in the Poetry and Dream section.
“Nude, Green Leaves and Bust is one of the sequence of paintings of Picasso’s muse, Marie-Therese Walter, made by the artist at Boisgeloup, Normandy, in the early months of 1932,” said Nicholas Serota, the Tate’s director. “They are widely regarded as amongst his greatest achievements of the inter-war period.”
Picasso first encountered Walter in 1927, but their relationship had to remain secret from his wife, Olga. According to the Tate, it was only in 1931-2 that he began to make sculptures and paintings in which the manipulation of Walter’s body was explicit and eroticised.