A nude figure hiding beneath the oil painting of Pablo Picasso’s “The Blind Man’s Meal” has been spotted thanks to the powers of AI technology. The image, referred to as “The Lonesome Crouching Nude” has been recreated by Oxia Palus after more than a century spent covered up. Its existence was previously discovered by superimposed X-ray fluorescence (XRF) imaging in 2010.
The Lonesome Crouching Nude is from Picasso’s Blue Period which lasted from 1901 to 1904. The same image pops up elsewhere in his work, most notably in La Vie (1903). It's likely due to the fact that Picasso was a struggling artist at this point and had to paint over the image to save money.
“I hope that Picasso would be happy in knowing the treasure he’s hidden for future generations is finally being revealed, 48 years after his death and 118 years after the painting was concealed, I also hope that the woman within the portrait would be happy in knowing that she hadn’t been erased from history and that her beauty was finally being revealed in the 21st century,” said George Cann, Oxia Palus Co-founder.
Image credit: Oxia Palus