Les Demoiselles d’Avignon by Pablo Picasso

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon by Pablo Picasso

Title: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon
Date: 1907
Movement: Cubism
Media: Oil on canvas
Location: Currently located in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon was shocking to even Picasso’s closest friends both for its content and execution. Nude women as an artistic subject matter was not altogether unusual but Picasso painted the women as prostitutes in aggressive and primitive sexual postures and that shocked the art world. He also abandoned the Renaissance illusion of three-dimensionality, presenting a radically flattened pictorial plane broken up into geometric shards. For example, the leg of the woman on the left is depicted as if seen from several different points of view simultaneously making it difficult to distinguish the negative space around it which gives the impression both are in the foreground. In 1916 the painting was exhibited publicly and was widely thought of as immoral.

Artist: Pablo Picasso
Born: 25 October 1881, Málaga, Spain
Died: 8 April 1973, Mougins, France

Pablo Ruiz Picasso was a painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright. He spent most of his adult life in France and is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Picasso was one of the founders of the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture and for a wide variety that he helped develop and explore. Picasso was an exceptionally prolific artist and achieved universal renown and an immense fortune for his revolutionary artistic achievements, and his one of the best known 20th century art figures. Picasso died from pulmonary oedema and heart failure and is buried at the Château of Vauvenargues near Aix-en-Provence, France.

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