Picasso’s Women of Algiers Sets Auction Record for a Piece of Visual Content

“A painting” was a term people used back before the 21st century to describe what today we call “visual content.”

Earlier tonight, Picasso’s Women of Algiers set the record of $179.2 million for a painting sold at auction.

For my fellow professional creators of content, I should explain that “a painting” was a term people used in the last century and before to describe what today we call “content” or, sometimes, “visual content.” (Back then, people also had different terms for various types of visual content; words like painting, photography, film, etc.)

And before the 21st century, people would use terms like “experience” or “view” to describe how they engaged with visual content — what we now call the “consuming of content.”

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Picasso was way ahead of his time, however; one of the first mass-producers of visual content.

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Picasso’s record-breaking visual content was a re-mix of this 1834 content by Delacroix,.

For example, during the winter of 1954-55, Picasso cranked out 15 pieces of content that were different versions  of the content that sold tonight for $179.2 million. (Tonight’s big seller was Version “O”– the letter, not the number) and was the last of the 15 pieces. Apparently, the reason it sold for so much was that he’d finally figured out how to do it right.

And get this: Picasso didn’t even make up the content or its name: he just re-mixed an 1834 piece of visual content by Eugène Delacroix also called Women of Algiers.

That earlier visual content was scandalous because it featured a harem of women sitting around smoking hashish using a hookah.

Picasso’s version focused less on the women smoking hashish and focused more on what a piece of visual content can look like if its creator is using the hookah.