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The hidden Picasso sketch is underneath his masterpiece ‘Still life’

Hidden Picasso sketch can be found under his masterpiece ‘Still life’ after experts have used X-ray scans to examine wrinkles on the canvas

  • The sketch was scribbled on the back of the canvas used for his still life (1922)
  • It appears to show a large jug, cup and newspaper all resting on a chair
  • Discovered by scientists who use high-tech scans to analyze painting techniques

A secret Picasso sketch has been hidden beneath one of his famous works of art after experts used X-ray scans to examine wrinkles on the canvas.

The drawing, which appears to show a jug, a cup and a newspaper on a chair, was scribbled on the back of the canvas used for his 1922 piece.

The legendary Spanish artist, who made over 50,000 pieces during his lifetime, regularly reuses canvases by painting over previous drawings.

The hidden Picasso sketch (shown) appears to show a large jug, cup and newspaper all resting on a chair

The hidden Picasso sketch (shown) appears to show a large jug, cup and newspaper all resting on a chair

The drawing was scribbled on the back of the canvas used for his 1922 abstract piece Still Life (photo)

The drawing was scribbled on the back of the canvas used for his 1922 abstract piece Still Life (photo)

The drawing was scribbled on the back of the canvas used for his 1922 abstract piece Still Life (photo)

But researchers at the Art Institute of Chicago, where Still Life hangs, have described the latest find as unusual.

The drawing appears to have been erased with a thick coat of white paint before starting the final abstract masterpiece, he said LiveScience.

The new sketch was only discovered after scientists used high-tech scans to analyze Picasso’s painting techniques on the famous artwork after noticing wrinkles on the canvas.

“X-rays and infrared images showed that Picasso originally painted a neoclassical still life on the canvas,” according to research published in the journal SN Applied Sciences.

The legendary Spanish artist (depicted in 1946) regularly reuses canvases by painting over previous drawings

The legendary Spanish artist (depicted in 1946) regularly reuses canvases by painting over previous drawings

The legendary Spanish artist (depicted in 1946) regularly reuses canvases by painting over previous drawings

Picasso (pictured for his paintings at his home in Mougins, France) made over 50,000 pieces during his lifetime

Picasso (pictured for his paintings at his home in Mougins, France) made over 50,000 pieces during his lifetime

Picasso (pictured for his paintings at his home in Mougins, France) made over 50,000 pieces during his lifetime

“He applied a lead-white based primer to the first composition before painting the linear abstract still life of February 4, 1922.”

It is fairly certain that the sketch is that of the legendary artist, as they bear striking resemblance to other of his drawings, including the one in the Gothenburg Museum of Art in Sweden.

Similar sketches have been previously found among other Picasso masterpieces, including that of a man under his painting of a bathing woman in The Blue Room in 2014.

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