On Friday a woman was enjoying an educational afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art when things went terribly wrong. As she was gazing into a painting by Pablo Picasso called "The Painter" (at left) she fell into. And just like that there was a six-inch tear in the lower corner of the six-foot-by-four-feet work. Unless this woman was once pantsed on national TV, this was surely most embarrassing moment of her life.
But she can rest easy tonight. The museum came out today and said the damage to the painting would be repaired and "the composition and the curatorial and conservation staffs fully expect that the repair"which will take place in the coming weeks"will be unobtrusive."
Woman Collides With a Picasso [Arts Beat/NYT]
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The Blue Period continued through 1904, but slowly Picasso began to turn away from the melancholic shades of monochrome. Though The Actor (1904-1905) suggests a sense of suffering similar to the works just before it, the pink clothing indicates a break from the Blue Period. Perhaps it is this painting that led to the label of "Rose Period" for the next two years of Picasso's work. The actor, modeled after a neighbor, heralds Picasso's new obsession with the circus and stage, and with the delightful disguise these forums permitted.
A woman who was taking an art class at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has accidentally fallen into a Picasso painting and damaged it.