Picasso’s Blue Period From A Conservator’s Perspective

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Associate Conservator Patricia Favero presenting at Museu Picasso in Barcelona.

Last week, Associate Conservator Patricia Favero headed to Museu Picasso in Barcelona along with colleagues from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago to present findings at The Blue Period: New Interpretations by Means of Technical Studies, a seminar of restoration and conservation. You may recall news from last June that a portrait of a man was discovered under the Phillips’s painting by Pablo Picasso, The Blue Room; Patti discussed the research and process behind this revelation.

UPDATE: For a limited amount of time, you can watch the full presentation video on the Museu Picasso’s website.

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Associate Conservator Patricia Favero presenting at Museu Picasso in Barcelona.

 

Happy 125th Birthday Juan Gris!

Google’s celebrating, and so are we. Born José Victoriano González in Madrid on this day in 1887, the artist studied engineering before becoming a painter. Perhaps this background predisposed him for the cerebral, analytical qualities of cubism, which he took up in 1911. Like our founder Duncan Phillips, Gris loved color. He structured his compositions with sensuous hues. What would Still Life with Newspaper be without the burnished golden lemon at lower right?

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Juan Gris, Still Life with Newspaper, 1916. Oil on canvas,

Juan Gris, Still Life with Newspaper, 1916. Oil on canvas, 29 x 23 3/4 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Acquired 1950.