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Paint Loss

There are a number of small losses of paint throughout the painting. These losses are the result of direct damage to the front of the painting, such as the vertical cracking caused by the rolling of the painting.


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

A photomicrograph (less than 1/16 inch square) of paint loss

 
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