Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Actor (L'acteur), painting by Picasso

PD Image: The Actor (L'acteur), a 1904 oil painting by Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, dimensions 196 cm x 115 cm (77.25 in x 45.38 in) located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, USA.

The Actor (L'acteur) was painted by Picasso over another painting, because he could not afford to pay for new canvases in 1904-1905, when created it. The painting, one of the biggest from Picasso's Rose Period, portrays an acrobat in a dramatic pose with an abstract design in the background. Its estimated worth is over $100 million.

The Actor (L'acteur) is a celebrated work by Picasso during his Rose Period, a transitional period from his Blue Period to romantic hues and styles and themes. In 1952 Thelma Chrysler Foy, daughter of Walter Chrysler, the founder of the Chrysler automobile company, donated The Actor to Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

This Pablo Picasso work ‘The Actor’ was damaged on January 25, 2010, when a woman fell over it and created a rip of about 15 centimeters in length in the lower right corner. The museum stated that the rip did not affect the artwork's focal point, and they intend to have the painting repaired in a few weeks.

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