A hidden painting has been found by scientists beneath the brush strokes of The Blue Room, a 1901 Picasso artwork. The Blue Room has been the subject of exploration since 2008 by experts from the Phillips Collection, National Gallery of Art, Cornell University and Delaware’s Winterthur Museum. Improved infrared imagery has now allowed them to see a man wearing a jacket and bow tie, resting his bearded face on his hand with three rings on his fingers.
Picasso could not afford to acquire new canvasses during his “Blue Period”. He worked sometimes on cardboard because canvas was so much more expensive. This is not the first time a hidden image has been found beneath a Picasso artwork. Conservators have found a portrait of a mustached man beneath Picasso’s painting “Woman Ironing”at the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan.
Neither one of the hidden works depicts self-portraits. It’s still a mystery whom Pablo Picasso was painting… keeping the art world and Picasso fans guessing.