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.
16 hours 47 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Art Alliance Presents: Provocateurs is a large-scale art exhibition curated by Shepard Fairey, taking place July 31–August 4th at Block 37 in Chicago. This exhibition brings 40+ contemporary artistic trailblazers into one incredible space. All the art displayed will be available for purchase.
1 day 13 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Host @marklwalberg and the @RoadshowPBS crew stopped by the Art Institute recently to film a segment of #antiquesroadshow.