Newsweek has asked the question; “Which Is the Most Influential Work of Art Of the Last 100 Years?” Possible answers they offered were..
A. Black Square by Kazimir Malevich
B. ‘One (Number 31) ‘ by Jackson Pollock
C. ‘Fountain’ by Marcel Duchamp
D. ‘Campbell’s Soup Can’ by Andy Warhol
E. ‘Les Demoiselles D’Avignon’ by Pablo Picasso
The answer they came up with is Picasso’s big square prostitute painting. Newsweek describes Les Demoiselles D’Avignon as “a bit of Matisse (the older guy he was trying to dethrone as king of the avant-garde), some appropriation from African masks, a dash of casual realism in one of the hands and a fruit arrangement down in front, and a whole lot of cubism 1.0.” Newsweek
Other surveys have come to the conclusion that Duchamp’s Urinal is the most influential work of all time, but as a lover of paint, I would much rather have a painting at the top of the list.
Tyler Green of Modern Art Notes believes that Henri Matisse’s 1907 “Blue Nude” is the most influential. He says that Blue Nude “was so revolutionary, so avant-garde that it pushed Picasso to make Les Dems” MAN
If the question is asked again next year, the answer can no longer be “Les Demoiselles” or “Blue Nude”, as they were both created in 1907. So perhaps the Toilet will claim the number one spot, as the most influential work of art for the last one hundred years.