They discover a Picasso painting hidden under another
A study of the materials used by Picasso in six portraits of his early works has emerged hidden and others that can not be seen because they are covered with white lead, also have been found to intuit that the influence of his father, also a painter It was greater than previously thought.
These findings were announced today in presenting the results of the study by the University of Barcelona and the Picasso Museum, a mobile laboratory, called MOLAB, for in situ analysis of artworks within the framework of the European project Research Infrastructures advanced culture on equity (CHARISMA).
The head of the Department of Preventive Conservation of Museum Reyes Jimenez, Head of the Department of Preventive Conservation Museum, explained that the studio wanted to deepen the work Self Portrait with wig from two works made in Coruña, where 14 years He learned to paint from the hand of his father, J. Ruiz Blasco, a teacher at the School of Fine Arts in that city, and others, all painted between 1895 and 1900. The pictures are analyzed “Old” Man with Beret, Portrait of Josep Cardona i Furro, Man-style El Greco, portrait Portrait with Carles Casagemas and wig. Old, painted in Coruña, is a simple and seemingly simple work, has some spots that could indicate some other composition, while Man with Beret, 1895, is more complicated and robust and it is seen that Picasso has a connection huge with the work of his father.
Under the cap they have appeared two doves, a constant in his parent and teacher who may be the first to be aware of this issue, and according to Jimenez, one could say that a penchant for painting doves of Picasso was an inheritance from his father. Picasso’s father was a copyist painter was simple binary compositions, which always painted doves, and after this finding, announced this expert, a line is open to study his works, although “I had a short collection that is held by collections private “.
Man painting in the style of El Greco has a male figure below that connects back to the period of formation of Picasso in Barcelona, when he painted nudes in schools and study. In addition, experts have noted that Picasso pieces of fabric cut and reused, so has now explained Jimenez will try to find more pieces of work and where they have been set out.
Table of Josep Cardona i Furro, 1899, Picasso worked three times, as they have appeared other paintings with scenes of patients, as in the play “Next to the disease,” and the image of a roof, a cityscape Picasso worked hard in Barcelona. This landscape has even made a chromatic recreation and has seen that is linked to its cheerful and colorful paint, similar to the work Terrazas and church of Santa Marta, and the work visible, very vertical strokes and a lot of paint, nothing to see what’s underneath.
Portrait of Carles Casagemas of 1899-1900, which had already been restored 50 years ago, is a painting with many conservation problems because of a layer of white lead which caused cracks and fall of what is painted over, what it is now known that hides something that can not be seen, “because lead is an interface”. What if it has been determined that under the paint that has fallen, and is above the target, there is a pictorial composition of blue, green and beige, which could correspond to a landscape, for the like chromaticism with two other landscapes Horta de Sant Joan (Tarragona) painted in 1898.
Under Self wig, experts have found a clear greenish ocher layer of a man with hat large Bohemian style, similar to the portrait of Pompeu Gener.
The researcher at the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the UB Joseph F. Garcia has stated that knowing the structure of materials and composition of Picasso’s palette is important “because it gives information about the artist, the time and the cultural and geographical context of his work”. He explained that although the fieldwork lasted five days, in which evidence of fluorescence X-rays, infrared spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy, among others, then he has worked for over a year and a half were to make a full report on the pigments and composition.
Courtesy Car Service Barcelona