Laura Erickson's For the Birds

Monday, September 1, 2008

Pablo Picasso's "The Old Guitarist"

Saturday was Russ and my anniversary--40 years since our first date! He and Tommy and Joey were still in Chicago from the funeral, so we all headed to Millennium Park for a morning in the city, and to the Chicago Art Institute for a bit. And they had a splendid reprint of Picasso's "The Old Guitarist," one of my favorite paintings since when we were dating, so Russ bought it for me for our anniversary. It looks like this:

I already had a smaller nice poster of that painting, but it doesn't look at all the same--it's duller, with some markings as if paint had flaked off:
So my question is, was the poster made from the painting before a restoration, after which the new print was made? I don't know how to find out. Anyone know?

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  1. I don't know how you could find out for absolute sure, but printing techniques have improved so much over the past decades through computers and digital technologies - both for art reproduction pictures in books - and posters, ads, children's picture books, and everything else. Much of it is outsourced overseas.

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  2. Laura,
    Go to this website
    http://www.artic.edu/aic/conservation/revealingpicasso/
    and you will get all the info you need from the institution that has the original. The photo you see on their website is accurate because all art institutes and museums have spent fortunes to update their images in recent years.
    Rita Kempf

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