Picasso Essay

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Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (The Young Ladies of Avignon) 1907. Explain why this painting was rejected by viewers and critics at the time. What new techniques does the artist incorporate that the public rejected. Include his artistic influences. Also, this painting is a pivotal point to which art movement and why? In 1907 when Pablo Picasso painted the famous Les Demoiselles d'Avignon many viewers and critics widely rejected it. Some of the reasons the painting was rejected by viewers and critics was because it depicted sensual freedom, the faces and bodies of the women were not aesthetically beautiful, and some viewed the painting as being scary, repulsive and offensive. The new technique that Picasso incorporated to the public, which was rejected by them, was cubism. In Picasso’s painting he uses cubism by showing all sides of the prostitutes at once on a two-dimensional surface. In myartslab it explains how Picasso’s painting uses a wide range of influences such as the Egyptian statuary, Greo-Roman sculptures of women and African sculpture in particular with the mask. This painting however was strongly influenced by Picasso’s African Period which lasted from 1907 to 1909 which is explained in the textbook reading. This painting was the pivotal point of cubism in the art movement and abstract art. In Picasso’s painting of Les Demoiselles d'Avignon you can see how he imposes geometrical symmetries in the women (cubism). As the book explains, you can see both the front and the back of the female figures; the nudes possess a “double point of view and their bodies are composed of a series of long lozenge shapes, hard angles and only a few traditional

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