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Picasso: The Artist's Studio
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Picasso: The Artist's Studio

Understanding Picasso Through Conservation (UPTC)

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<I>La Vie (Life)</I>, 1903<BR>Oil on canvas
<BR>The Cleveland Museum of Art. Gift of the Hanna Fund  1945.24
<BR>[Cat. no. 5]
<BR>©2001 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
La Vie (Life), 1903
Oil on canvas
The Cleveland Museum of Art. Gift of the Hanna Fund 1945.24
[Cat. no. 5]
©2001 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

La Vie (Life), 1903

La Vie (Life) is among Picasso’s most complex and enigmatic paintings. Begun in Barcelona during the spring of 1903, the composition was revised extensively by Picasso during the painting process. Nearly a century later, its precise meaning remains the subject of considerable debate. X-radiography, infrared reflectography, and other methods of scientific analysis are now being used to develop new theories about Picasso’s alterations to the composition. Reconstructing the artist’s creative process and isolating the points at which crucial decisions were made about its content are vital to unlocking the meaning of this cryptic allegory.

X-Radiograph of La Vie

Infrared Reflectograms of La Vie

Preparatory Study for La Vie

Last Moments Discovered Beneath La Vie

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