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A Picasso hidden in a Picasso

Published on Jun 19, 2014 7:15 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A bearded man has been discovered in Pablo Picasso’s “Blue Room” – the painting, that is – according to a US museum attempting to put an end to a decades-old question.

The 1901 work, from the legendary Spanish painter’s Blue Period, depicts a woman bathing in her bedroom.

But experts have suspected since the 1950s another painting was hidden on the canvas, said Sue Frank, assistant curator for the Phillips Collection in Washington, which owns the painting.

In 2008, an infrared analysis of the canvas gave a preliminary confirmation there was a painting behind the painting, but it was only in recent months, through testing of the pigments, that experts were able to say with confidence that “this unknown portrait is a Picasso painting,” Ms Frank said.

Pablo Picasso’s The Blue Room, painted in 1901. -- PHOTO: WIKIART.ORG
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