Picasso's "The Tragedy": Metamorphosis of a Painting

Picasso's "The Tragedy": Metamorphosis of a Painting

An exploration, by the National Gallery of Art, of Pablo Picasso's blue period masterwork "The Tragedy." On close examination, the painting hints at earlier works over which "The Tragedy" was painted. Using tools of the curatorial trade, such as infrared reflectography, the National Gallery exposes what lies beneath the visible painting of the forlorn family seen in "The Tragedy." The site includes an animation and a video that reveal parts of four other works of art previously composed by Picasso before the final painting was made. This is a wonderful examination of the artist's creative journey from initial sketching to a fully realized work.

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Jody Pelzel