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Picasso"s Les Demoiselles D"Avignon - The Chicks From Avignon

Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907) is one of the biggest milestones in the world of Modern Art.
Picasso was one of the most impressionable artists of the modern era.
As soon as he took a fancy to something, paintings would flow out of the maestro's studio on that particular subject.
Now, the object of fancy could be anything, a vase, a mask, a culture, and even women.
Similar stands the story of the creation of Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.
This painting belonged to that era of Picasso's life when he took fancy to African art.
The picture itself is that of figures in various poses, but the style is unmistakably Africa-inspired, especially the elongated and exaggerated facial physiognomy, which forms a major feature in the African mask making art.
It is rumored that a mask that belonged to Picasso's friend Matisse (himself an icon of modern art), inspires the Les Demoiselles d'Avignon painting of Pablo Picasso.
The painting consists of five women, out of whom two (at the right side extreme), have features markedly different from the rest.
While the bulk of this painting has Picasso's trademarks, it seems that he was hit by a different "inspiration" when it came to the last two women.
The facial features of these last two women stretch and twist to give a very "mask" like appearance, with strong sidelines and contours.
Experts say that this is the start of Pablo Picasso's "African" phase.
Also important is the fact that Picasso's wildly successful "Cubism" or fragmentation of the imagery marks a beginning in this painting.
It is not surprising when you consider that the early decade of the twentieth century (when this painting was executed), was a decade when the white man "discovered" the "Dark Continent.
" The European society was abuzz with everything African, at times even with objects that had nothing to do with Africa.
Pablo Picasso borrowed heavily from traditional Mexican Icons, Mayan sculptures, and Pagan Worship.
It is therefore not surprising on his part on being taken in by the very strong "elongated exaggeration" of African art.
Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon painting relates to Avignon, where Picasso did spend considerable time and the painting is sometimes even referred to as the "Chicks from Avignon.
" With Avignon, Picasso marks his ascent into abstract art from realistic or semi-realist painting.
Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon is not only a work of art but has been seen as an important historical milestone in art.
It is a pioneering piece of canvas, which ranks as the first "Picasso" trademark "Cubism" and an inspiration to the later "Cubists.
" It was after this painting that this form of art became fashionable and acceptable.
As far as the "Cubists" are concerned, they might as well raise a toast to the Picasso's "Chicks from Avignon," every time they would sit at their easel, for they owe a lot to him for the art.


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