Les Demoiselles d’Avignon after One Hundred Years

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York is celebrating 100 years of Pablo Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” painting. The MoMA says..

“The exhibition reunites Les Demoiselles with a group of preparatory studies for the overall composition and for the individual figures, and also includes selected works created immediately before and after the iconic painting that highlight its generative role in the artist’s oeuvre. Discoveries from recent conservation and archival materials tracing Les Demoiselles’s journey to MoMA are also on view in the gallery and in the mezzanine of The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building.”

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon painting

ArtDaily also has more about the exhibition and the Picasso painting..
“In looking back over the past one hundred years, there has never been a work that so changed the course of modern or contemporary art ,” says John Elderfield, The Marie-Josee and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art. “It became apparent to artists who had at first scoffed at it that this painting had changed everything, including the future progress of Picasso’s art, which built on what the Demoiselles had achieved, and created what we now call Cubism.” Art Daily

The Times art critic Robert Hughes once said this about Les Demoiselles d’Avignon..
“With its hacked contours, staring interrogatory eyes, and general feeling of instability, Les Demoiselles is still a disturbing painting after three quarters of a century, a refutation of the idea that the surprise of art, like the surprise of fashion, must necessarily wear off.” RH

Here’s an interpretation of Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon that I mentioned earlier.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I can easily think of at least one painting in the last hundred years that had even more impact than Demoiselles: Jackson Pollock’s “Mural” from 1943. It was his first action painting, his first painting with drips. The history of art was changed by this painting far more than by Demoiselles. IMHO this is the most important painting of the 20th century.

  2. I have to say that Picasso’s unique style was and is wonderful!
    I think that many other artist’s have tried to use his style. I can’t say that I think they were as good as he was though, not at that style of painting.

  3. That would mean that abstraction is the biggest contibution of the 20th century anon.

    I would put my money on Picasso’s contribution being bigger than mr Pollocks.

  4. Both picasso and pollock are menthal criminals. They are speaked too much instead of learning perspective, anatomy and other basics of the pictorial arts.It’s shame for MOMA to exhibit “paintings” of man with such miserable drawing skills

  5. that painting reminds me of a painting by Ernst Kirchner


  6. Stark, have you seen Picasso’s drawings? Seriously, do some research before making a comment. He had advanced and obviously skilled drawing skills that most people don’t know because they’ve never glanced at his entire body of work and instead seen only his more popular abstract pieces.


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