What do you find when you look behind a Picasso painting? As art restorers in Barcelona learned, sometimes, another Picasso painting!
One of Picasso’s earliest works, “Portrait of the Artist’s Mother,” painted by a 15 year-old Picasso, was undergoing restoration at Barcelona’s Picasso Museum when a previously unknown, older work was discovered on the cardboard backing. The uncovered work revealed a charcoal drawing of a man in a hat with a pipe.
Head of Restoration at the Picasso Museum, Reyes Jimenez said the recently exposed drawing only adds to the mastery we already knew Picasso possessed. The early painting shows technical talent and skill, which we now know manifested itself in Picasso at a very early age.
The Picasso Museum in Barcelona focuses on the formative years of Picasso’s career as an artist. Picasso donated more 900 of his earliest works to the museum in 1970. A newly restored “Portrait of The Artists Mother” is currently on special display at the Picasso Museum.