The Old Guitarist

The Old Guitarist is an oil painting by Pablo Picasso created in 1903. It depicts an old, blind, haggard man with threadbare clothing weakly hunched over his guitar, playing on the streets of Barcelona, Spain. It is currently on display in the Art Institute of Chicago.

At the time of The Old Guitarist’s creation, Modernism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Symbolism had merged and created an overall movement called Expressionism, which greatly influenced Picasso’s style. Furthermore, El Greco, Picasso’s poor standard of living, and the suicide of a dear friend influenced Picasso’s style at the time, which came to be known as his Blue Period. Several x-rays, infrared images, and examinations by curators revealed three different figures hidden behind the old guitarist.

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The Old Guitarist - Infrared Discoveries
... Recent x-rays and examinations from curators found three figures peering behind the old guitarist’s body ... experts determined that at least two different paintings are found beneath The Old Guitarist ... the uppermost layer of paint (the composition of The Old Guitarist) and clearly saw the second-most composition ...