Recent advances in technology, combined with established examination techniques and collaborative research by curators and conservators, have produced new insights into the Art Institute's masterpiece The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso. Painted in Barcelona in late 1903 and probably completed in Paris in early 1904, The Old Guitarist is one of the most important paintings of Picasso's "Blue Period" (1901–04). Study of the painting led to the discovery of brushwork unrelated to the surface design and prompted a more detailed examination using a variety of techniques.
The technical examinations, combined with art historical research, revealed two earlier compositions underneath the image of The Old Guitarist. This information gives us a better understanding of Picasso's artistic process and expands our knowledge about one of the masterpieces of the Art Institute's collection of modern art.
3 hours 38 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—Kemang Wa Lehulere: In All My Wildest Dreams
Artist Kemang Wa Lehulere describes his work as a “protest against forgetting,” reenacting what he calls “deleted scenes” from South African history through a masterful conflation of personal and collective storytelling. See his first American museum show, In All My Wildest Dreams—on view through January 16.
8 hours 25 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—A new photography rotation showcases groundbreaking Contemporary works from artists like John Baldessari, Sally Mann, Chuck Close, Barbara Kruger, among others—on view in Gallery 10 through January 2.
Image: Richard Misrach. Untitled #696–05, from series On the Beach, 2005. Gift of the artist.
1 day 4 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Toulouse-Lautrec’s work increased the visibility of lesbians in 19th-century Paris, portraying them in a sympathetic light when prevailing perceptions were anything but favorable.