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LES DEMOISELLES DAVIGNON Nude women in a brothel are the subjects of Pablo Picassos Les Demoiselles dAvignon from 1907 After showing his eight-foot-square canvas to a group of painters patrons and art critics at his studio Picasso was faced with shock disgust and outrage Picasso made a dangerous attempt to break away from traditional representational ideas and created a harsh and violent tone in his painting Georges Braque one of Picassos contemporaries had declared to Picasso Your painting looks as if you wanted to make us eat tow or drink gasoline and spit fire Gilot 63 Andre Derain a Fauvist said it was a desperate enterprise and that Picasso would soon commit suicide Everdell 251 While Henri Matisse leader of the Fauves was angered and called the painting a hoax PBS Online No one could understand why Picasso would throw away the traditional notions of beauty and the conventional forms of the human body for these disfigured barbaric looking creatures he identified as women However although the painting was misunderstood it is now regarded as the most significant work in the development toward Cubism and Modern Abstraction Specifically this paper will examine Picassos influences to reject traditional methods and his depiction of women with mention to style content and form Through assessment the power and significance of Les Demoiselles dAvignon will be demonstrated despite the fact that people were offended and irritated by its presence The time Picasso started his research for Les Demoiselles dAvignon the trend of western art was undefined Picassos personal struggle to figure out and develop Les Demoiselles dAvignon became an artistic struggle because he needed a new way to express his ideas This search for new ideas conveyed Picasso to incorporate several different styles together in the one painting The different styles combined with the aggressive handling of the paint and forms are what are most responsible for the shocked reactions of viewers In the rough months leading up
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