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Inside Art – Les Demoiselles D’Avignon – Pablo Picasso (1907) by Joe Andaloro

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This is the painting that changed modern art forever. It was thought of as a bad joke by Picasso’s friends, critics and rivals, including Henri Matisse in which he deemed the work an “insult to the modern movement.”

The piece sat in a dark corner of Picasso’s studio for nearly a decade before it was first exhibited in 1916. It then turned the art world upside down. The painting was deemed crude, repulsive and unfinished but Pablo called it Cubism.

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It marked the beginning of the cubist movement. The scene depicts harlots in a brothel in Barcelona. Pablo frequented a nearby African History museum and was influenced by tribal masks seen mimicked on the faces of the working ladies.

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6 comments

  1. I love PIcasso, and this is a great example of why his work delights me so much. Some people don’t necessarily get it, but I always feel that, the more I consider a piece by him, its context, the world from which it’s coming from, the more I fall in love with it. I had the pleasure of catching the Picasso exhibit held a few years ago at the Art Institute of Chicago, and there is no denying that this man had talent, as well as a lot of balls to paint something so incredibly different when he could have easily stayed on a more traditional path.

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