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Les Desmoiselles dAvignon Though the backbone of art was formed by academies that graduated classical artists some of the most influential artists broke away from such academies to change the rules Impressionists led by Claude Monet formed a group of artists originally rejected from the academies to paint in their own objective reality They painted art as sifted through their senses taking into account the environments affect on an object or placing the focus on everyday activity the impressionists helped redefine art While they started the process of the transformation of art Pablo Picasso advanced it many times over Though classically trained Picasso painted art by what views he saw in his head and imagination not by how his eyes or other senses interpreted a scene He shamelessly broke all the classical rules of three-dimensional space colors figures and subject matter Distinguishing his work from that of a camera and of other artists Picasso redefines art for the future in a method called cubism In Les Desmoiselles dAvignon he paints his initial attempt at breaking all classical rules and distinguishing himself from every other artist in history One aspect of Pablo Picassos art that distinguishes him from earlier artists is the lack of three-dimensional space displayed in his art In Les Desmoiselles dAvignon the five lady figures seem to be enveloped in what might be construed as the background In contrast to earlier Raphael paintings for instance where red drapery serves as a frame for Mary and baby Jesus Picassos figures appear to be actually wearing the drapery The far woman on the left appears without clothes except for the piece of red drapery strewn across the right side of her body Each successive figure shows her full body with the exception of where the drapery covers her By redefining the three-dimensional space and forcing the characters to take on the full focus of the viewer Picasso forces the observer to take an undiluted
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