HIDDEN PICASSO 14.
September - 13. November 2004 guggenheim-bilbao.es
Why did Picasso paint Rue de Montmartre over a previous composition
that so clearly evokes his Le Moulin de la Galette? This is an exhibition
about art behind art: conservation. For example the re-creation of the
hidden image, revealed by x-rays, in the colors of Picasso’s palette.
Working with the latest computer imaging technology, the Conservator
transferred the colors visible through a network of cracks in Rue de
Montmartre onto the black-and-white radiograph, patiently and painstakingly
re-creating Picasso’s hidden painting, in a color composition
which has not been seen since 1900. fig.:
Pablo Picasso. Le Moulin de la Galette, autumn, 1900. Oil on canvas
88.2 x 115 cm. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Photo: David