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Pablo Picasso. Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. 1907

Glue Residue

During the 1924 relining, animal glue was used to adhere a second canvas to the original canvas. Some glue residue remains on the surface of the painting, mostly in crevices near the raised impasto.


Pictured above:
Pablo Picasso. Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. 1907. Oil on canvas, 8' x 7' 8" (243.9 x 233.7 cm). Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest. © 2003 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Fig. 1

The dark material on either side of the blue skin of paint is the discolored glue from the 1924 treatment.

 

Fig. 2

A photomicrograph (1/16 square inch) showing how the contraction of animal glue has caused paint cracking over time

 
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