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.
10 hours 43 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago JUNE 19—Join us for the fifth annual Night Heist benefit, the event of the year for young art-loving Chicagoans.
Get exclusive late-night access to the groundbreaking contemporary exhibition Charles Ray: Sculpture, 1997–2014 and experience stunning performances, special tours, and live music. Try your hand at winning coveted raffle prizes and indulge in exhibition-inspired hors d'oeuvres and desserts, as well as craft cocktails designed by local celebrity mixologists.