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Experts eager to identify the man behind Picasso's "Blue Room"

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 01:37

June 19 - Art experts will be combing the archives and scrutinizing sketches and photographs to try to identity a mystery man discovered behind Picasso's ''The Blue Room.'' Gavino Garay reports.

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Pablo Picasso's famous 1901 painting "The Blue Room" may have more layers to it than the eye can see. Infrared scans have revealed something behind the painting from the artist's early days in Paris -- an image of a well-dressed man behind "The Blue Room." The infared scans were performed in 2008 to reveal the bearded man in a bow-tie. But who is he, and how was he connected to Picasso? Associate curator Susan Frank at Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. is trying to figure that out. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ASSOCIATE CURATOR FOR RESEARCH AT THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION, SUSAN FRANK SAYING: "What we're trying to understand by identifying this person is something about the circle of individuals that Picasso was interacting with at this important moment early in his career when he was just really beginning to make his name known." Painting over the mysterious man wouldn't be out of the ordinary for Picasso, says associate curator Patricia Favero. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ASSOCIATE CURATOR FOR RESEARCH AT THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION, PATRICIA FAVERO SAYING: "Picasso was known to paint over his own pictures. There are other examples, there's documentation, there's drawing, there's other types of documentation where it confirms the painting is by Picasso." They hope material from the Picasso Museum in Barcelona and another museum in Paris could offer them clues to discover who he could be. That would enable researchers to understand more about the process and changing style of the celebrated artist.

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Experts eager to identify the man behind Picasso's "Blue Room"

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 01:37