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Experts eager to identify the man behind Picasso's "Blue Room"

Pablo Picasso's famous 1901 painting "The Blue Room" may have more layers to it than the eye can see. Infrared scans have revealed something behind the painting from the artist's early days in Paris -- an image of a well-dressed man behind "The Blue Room." The infared scans were performed in 2008 to reveal the bearded man in a bow-tie. But who is he, and how was he connected to Picasso? Associate curator Susan Frank at Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. is trying to figure that out. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ASSOCIATE CURATOR FOR RESEARCH AT THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION, SUSAN FRANK SAYING: "What we're trying to understand by identifying this person is something about the circle of individuals that Picasso was interacting with at this important moment early in his career when he was just really beginning to make his name known." Painting over the mysterious man wouldn't be out of the ordinary for Picasso, says associate curator Patricia Favero.

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