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Pablo Picasso's The Tragedy: The Metamorphosis of a Painting

uses x-rays and infrared light to reveal that Picasso sketched and painted at least four works on this panel before painting over them all in 1903 to produce The Tragedy. He did not, however, merely paint over the previous images; rather, he incorporated each layer into the subsequent one, believing that, "What comes out in the end is the result of the discarded finds." (National Gallery of Art)

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Pablo Picasso, 'The Tragedy,' 1903, oil on wood, 1.053 x .690 m (41 7/16 x 27 3/16 in.), National Gallery of Art, Washington, Chester Dale Collection

The Tragedy

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