According to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a significant Pablo Picasso painting – “The Actor” – was damaged after a woman, attending art class, lost her balance, fell into and tore it.
The unordinary large canvas, measuring 77.25 by 45.38 inches (196×115 cm), sustained a vertical tear of about six inches (15 cm) in the lower right-hand corner in the accident on Friday.
“The Actor”, a painting from Picasso’s rose period, will be restored at the museum’s conservation laboratory, the Metropolitan Museum said on Monday.
The museum didn’t elaborate on why the woman fell. But the museum said, that the restoration will be done in the coming weeks, and the piece will be displayed as planned in an exhibition of 250 Picasso works drawn from the museum’s collection, from April 27 to August 1, 2010. Repair work should be “unobtrusive,” it added.
Painted in the winter of 1904-1905, the work hails from Picasso’s critical Rose Period, when the artist shifted from the downbeat tones of his Blue Period to warmer, more romantic hues. The period also hints at Picasso’s later embrace of abstraction with his signature cubist style.
The Actor was donated to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1952 by art patron Thelma Chrysler Foy, the elder daughter of automobile magnate Walter Chrysler. It was painted on a used canvas that already contained a painting. [via YahooNews and NineMsnNews]