1. This is Pablo Picasso’s painting “The Blue Room.” Created in 1901, the piece is one of the his first masterpieces. He painted the image in Paris, during his famous “blue period.”
Picasso focused on painting only in shades of blue and blue-green during his blue period from 1900 to 1904.
3. Back in 1954, conservators suspected that there might be another painting below the surface of The Blue Room, because the brushstrokes did not match the composition of the woman depicted in Picasso’s studio.
4. In the 1990s, an X-ray finally revealed a “fuzzy image” of something under the main image.
5. Now, art experts at the Phillips Collection in Washington used improved infrared imagery to reveal a bearded man wearing a jacket and bow tie, resting his face on his hand with three rings.
This is the image discovered underneath the original artwork.
8. Patricia Favero said that the identity of the man is still unknown, but they are working to find out who he was.
The mystery of who this hidden man was is now fueling new research about the 1901 painting.
9. This is not the first time a hidden image has been discovered underneath a Picasso work.
Studies of the painting “La Vie” revealed that the artist reworked the composition, and a man was found under “Woman Ironing” at Manhattan’s Guggenheim Museum.
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