365 Days of Art: January 22 – Museum Visitor Accidentally Damages a Picasso. Oops!

Pablo Picasso, The Actor, 1904-1905

January 22, 2010
A visitor at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art accidentally fell into The Actor, a 105-year-old painting by Pablo Picasso, causing a 6-inch gash in the canvas. (It was a student doing research for a college class. Oops! As a teacher leading field trips, this was my nightmare). It has since been repaired.

The Actor is also notable for being the transition out of Picasso’s Blue Period (he’d recently found a new girlfriend, and the end of a cold winter was in sight), and into his exploration of the theatrical world of jugglers and acrobats.