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The Fig-Leaf 1922 by Francis Picabia



A sardonic attack on censorship and prudery, The Fig-Leaf provoked the conservative art establishment when it was exhibited in 1922. Picabia painted this work over an existing painting, Hot Eyes, which had caused controversy itself only a year earlier. This paper draws upon technical examination to reveal the appearance and colour of the painting hidden underneath the surface, and confirms that Picabia used commercial paints, specifically a number of Ripolin products, for both images.


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