Over the centuries, it has been common to reuse canvases and paint over murals, meaning that many great works of art have been lost between layers of paint. Fortunately, modern technology and notes on the originals lets us see those hidden masterpieces once again.
Curators have been studying Picasso's "The Blue Room"—one of the highlights of the artist's early 20th-century "blue period" —since 2008, and they've discovered it was painted over another work: a portrait of an unidentified man.
Back in 1949, LIFE magazine's Gijon Mili paid Pablo Picasso a visit at his home in the South of France. Mili, who was a technical prodigy and lighting innovator, showed Picasso some of his photos of ice skaters with tiny lights attached to their skates and jumping in the dark. The preeminent artist was so taken by…
Pablo Picasso's mural-sized painting Guernica commemorated the tragedy and chaos of the Spanish Civil War. Cynthia Rodgers' reinterpretation of the famous painting thrusts a very different set of subjects into that Cubist chaos: the X-Men.
Superheroes are often depicted with exaggerated features, but the artists known as WonderBros take it a step further. Their paintings grossly distort the facial features of familiar superheroes and villains, inspired by the facial distortions found in Pablo Picasso's art.
Pablo Picasso's paintings had numerous influences, from the old masters to African artifacts. A new exhibit explores a heretofore little-studied influence on Picasso's work: Japanese erotic art, including some of the tentacled variety.