The catalogue begins by telling us about an oil painting that Picasso painted on a canvas and that subsequently he covered by painting another over it: Rooftops of Barcelona. This fact, not unusual in the artist at the beginning of the 20th century, has in this instance a special significance, because in the hidden work there appears a couple that is related to one of the leading compositions from the blue period, La Vie, painted in Barcelona in 1903, and conserved in the Cleveland Museum of Art.

In its turn, La Vie, a complex and enigmatic piece, not only hides the painting that Picasso presented in the Universal Exposition of 1900 in Paris ―Last moments―, but also many of the modifications and changes that it would suffer over its long, and still quite undefined in time, period of gestation.

By means of the analysis of various technical tests and comparative studies of some of the drawings from the collection of the Museu Picasso, linked both to the work hidden under the Rooftops of Barcelona as well as the visible and not visible characters of La Vie, this book allows the readers to widen the vision that they had had until now of the blue period.


Journey Through
the Blue: La Vie
Reyes Jiménez
Malén Gual
Malén Gual
Reyes Jiménez
William Robinson
Year: 2013
Pages: 112
Size: 23 x 28,5 cm
Institut de Cultura de Barcelona
Museu Picasso
English 978-84-9850-496-5
Castilian 978-84-9850-495-8
Catalan 978-84-9850-494-1
Design: Jason Ellams
Price: 17 €