After discovering a hidden painting underneath the Phillips’s The Blue Room (1901) by Pablo Picasso, conservators and curators are still researching the identity of the person in the portrait. You’ve been calling, e-mailing, tweeting, and posting your ideas about who the mystery man might be. We’re sharing information on the most popular suggestions here on the blog. Today, we focus on some of the most fun, though perhaps unlikely, suggestions.
While the suggestion may not have been a serious one, we can’t help seeing the striking resemblance between James Lipton (top left) and the portrait found behind Picasso’s The Blue Room (center) after one of our Facebook fans suggested it to us. Same goes for Louis CK; Lady Gaga, however, is a bit more of a stretch even in jest. Above are some of our favorite suggestions thus far, comedic or otherwise.
Send us your idea of who the mystery man may be with #BlueRoom or in the comments below.
Might it possibly be Gustave Coquiot?
I work at the Greeley History Museum and an elderly gent came in and asked me to tell you that the man in the painting is Jose Ruiz y Blasco, Picasso’s father. The man that requested that I get this message to you is named Ed Lin.
Maybe Ambroise Vollard or Francisco Durrio de Madrón?
I think it is Michael Stein. There is a photograph of Michael Gertrude and Leo which looks very much like the hidden portrait