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Pablo Picasso ~ Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907)


Pablo Picasso
Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907)
Oil on canvas
© Succession Picasso
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This is a biggie. Not just in terms of the fact that Picasso knew at the time that this was the most important picture he had painted so far but also the fact it was probaly the most important artwork in the history of art since the Mona Lisa. To put it in terms of recent history you have to think of it in the same way as in football you think of the Cruyff turn or in music Elvis and Heartbreak Hotel. Or Joyce and Ulysses or JFK becoming president.

The new was new and here and it could overwhelm you as the day before might as well be a million years ago.

Picasso must have had idea that with this painting modern art would never be the same. He spent months on preparatory sketches and even when the work was in progress made major changes. Finally he produced a bigger finished canvas than he had ever attempted before. This was on a grand scale.

The five ladies from a maison close (brothel), have come to symbolise a revolt against the entire naturalistic tradition of Western art. Yeah, it's that big. In the West there were visual conventions - accurate perspective and a single viewpoint - but here they are violated once and for all. The seated woman on the right is seen simultaneously full-face and from behind. Then the faces of the central figures reflect Picasso's are a nod to the influence of ancient Iberian art but Picasso has absorbed the influence that it is tiotally his...Picasso, Picasso, Picasso. The rest have mask-heads directly inspired by the African sculptures which Picasso had seen in Paris's Musee de 1'Homme.

The women are all monumental. They are primitive sculptures, yet there is also a faceting and an emphasis on geometry that hint at Picasso's Cubist future.

No-one had placed ancient arts into the new world quite like this. Ok, no one had even come close. In the West this was totally new. Scary, monumental and new. You could dismiss it as Tony Hancock did in The Rebel because you don't understand it and that would make you feel safe or you could marvel at its sheer invention even if the meaning escapes you.

The painting was so 'new, so revolutionary, it wasn't shown in public for years.

Sheer revolution. And let's face it, beautiful as well. You know, the world keeps turning but occasionally someone comes along and does something to make you wonder whether the world does keep turning'. This is one of those moments ...A more detailed description & text in the book: Life and Works of Picasso

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Pablo Picasso Important Paintings: Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907) >> 50 Most Representative Paintings ~ Index

Pablo Picasso Gallery: Paintings In Date Order >> (1893 - 1902) >> (1903 - 20) >> (1921 - 40) >> (1941 -73) >> 50 Most Representative Paintings

Pablo Picasso Texts: Biography >> Life Of Picasso >> Biog. II

Pablo Picasso Links: Picasso & Cocteau >> Le Testament d'Orphee >> Books >> Cards >> Prints >> Picasso Prints, Books and Dvds available @ amazon.com >> Search Site >> Picasso signed items, exhibition posters, ltd edn prints @ ebay.com (direct link to signed items) - just checked and a bigger selection than I have seen anywhere else

Highest & Essential Picasso Recommendations: Ikea Olunda Review/Image >> Buy >> The Dog Art Print Review/Image >> The Owl Print Review/Image >> Picasso The Camel Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Femme Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso The Dance of Youth Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Petite Fleurs Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Sleeping Woman Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Sleeping Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Drawing Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Dove of Peace Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Dove of Peace II Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Don Quixote, c.1955 Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Trois Danseuses, c.1924 Art Print Review/Image

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