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Examining the Painting

Details from composite infrared reflectogram of The Tragedy (2.2-5.0 microns), showing sketches from 1899 drawn directly on the surface of the panel.

Random Sketches, 1899
Infrared reflectography of the work revealed randomly placed sketches, caricatures, and lettering beneath the paint, which appear to have been drawn hastily, directly on the wood support. The elongated faces and the grouping of the drawings are reminiscent of those in Picasso's 1899 sketchbooks, suggesting that the panel was in his studio for four years before he completed The Tragedy.






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