Written by Reham Abdullah
Saturday, May 20, 2023 11:00 AM
Officials at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York City revealed that a painting by the famous Spanish artist Pablo Picasso includes a hidden drawing of a small dog under the surface of the painting.
Museum experts discovered a drawing of a pampered dog adorned with a red bow tie during a painting submission “Le Moulin de la Galette” Picasso for artistic analysis, before being included in an exhibition dedicated to his early work, according to the site CNN Arabic.
The Guggenheim Museum opened the new exhibition, entitled “The Young Picasso in Paris”, and the exhibition includes 10 paintings and drawings that Picasso drew upon his arrival in the French capital, in 1900..
and a plate “Le Moulin de la Galette” It depicts a lively scene inside a famous Parisian ballroom immortalized by other artists with various works, including the French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. In the painting, several dance partners in fancy hats, painted with a quick brushstroke, with three people sitting at a table in the foreground.
Imagine what the hidden dog in Picasso’s painting would have looked like
The studies were conducted in collaboration with experts from the Urban Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington
Studies conducted prior to the exhibition, in collaboration with experts from the Urban Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., revealed a drawing, covered in a layer of dark paint..
Experts were able to create an image of the dog’s original scene using X-ray fluorescence, an imaging technique that highlights chemical elements in a painting, including pigments, according to Julie Barton, the museum’s chief curator.
“It was amazing,” Barton said, “that Picasso so quickly drew the dog, which would have been an attractive aspect of the composition of the painting.” Barton couldn’t say why Picasso decided to remove the dog from the scene, but she thinks the painter may have considered its lively features and attractive tie distracting. To focus, she said, “He would steal the spotlight.”
The “Young Picasso in Paris” exhibition is one of more than 50 exhibitions and art events taking place this year around the world to mark the half-century since the artist’s death, in 1973..