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Pablo Picasso. Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. 1907.

Cadmium Yellow Underpaint


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 - Detail - Example of Cadmium Yellow Underpainting

Fig. 1

Picasso's first change to the face of the crouching figure was the application of an extensive layer of cadmium yellow paint. Although he later covered this with the composition we see today, the upper paint has cracked in numerous places, revealing the striking yellow layer underneath.

 
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