A dog in Picasso’s painting – level 3

19-05-2023 15:00

A dog has been discovered hidden underneath a patch of dark paint in Pablo Picasso’s Le Moulin de la Galette, a masterpiece completed by the Spanish artist when he was 19 years old in 1900.

Experts used modern imaging technology on the painting, which is part of an exhibition about the painter’s formative years in Paris, revealing a brown dog wearing a red bow around its neck. Julie Barten, senior paintings conservator at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, said that she had always had a strong feeling that there was something under there. She likened the dog to a lingering ghost, pointing out that viewers can see it with the naked eye if they look closely enough. Over the years, researchers have discovered multiple hidden paintings in works from Picasso’s “blue period” between 1900 and 1904.

Difficult words: formative years (the first eight years of a child’s life when he learns more quickly than later in life), liken (point out the resemblance of someone or something to), linger (to take a long time to leave or disappear).

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