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Comparative Analysis of Les Demoiselles dAvignon and The Dance The Les Demoiselles dAvignon 1907 Museum of Modern Art New York is an oil on canvas painting by Pablo Picasso This is an image of five nudes grouped around a still life Of the five figures four of the figures are facing the viewer There is a disjunction in the fifth figure as she is crouched on the floor her back away from the viewer while her face or mask addresses the viewer This vertically aligned painting measures 8x78 and was painted after the Blue and Rose periods The Dance First Version 1909 Museum of Modern Art New York is an oil on canvas painting by Henri Matisse This is an image of five nude women linking arms in an oval This horizontally aligned painting measures 86x129 This painting lacks detail and complexity The artist has used four colors throughout the painting These colors are green pink black and blue Picasso painted Les Demoiselles dAvignon after a notorious place of prostitution The viewer is both attracted to the advances of the demoiselles yet at the same time recoiled with the horror of these prostitutes This art belongs to a style of art known as Cubism The savage inhuman heads of the figures are the direct result of Picassos recent exposure Iberian art from the sub-Saharan Western African region The emphasis on abstraction flatness and angularity prevalent in the painting are attributes of Iberian art Through this painting Picasso has lost the interest of naturalistic curves of the anatomy and has chosen to create planes The figures seem flat two-dimensional and weightless We can divide the painting into portions ie the three-fifths on the left and the two-fifths on the right The left hand portion relates to the colors of the Rose period while the shift in colors towards blue on the right is reminiscent of
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