Analysis Of Les Demoiselles D Avignon

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Les Demoiselles d 'Avignon
Everywhere you look and see there is artwork all around. There are many different types of work that have so many different meanings. The Les Demoiselles d 'Avignon, is an example of one piece of art work in the world. This oil painting is located in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Pablo Picasso painted the Les Demoiselles d 'Avignon in 1907 for the world to see. In this paper I will be analyzing what three different art historians say about the Les Demoiselles d 'Avignon painting, and how it became a part of their life.
In the book Art a Brief History, by Marilyn Stokstad 's, Stokstad 's view on the Les Demoiselles d 'Avignon was that Pablo Picasso used simple features, and the figures had wide almond-shaped
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Stokstad says these young ladies were prostitutes. There is also the word Avignon, which is a street in the red-light district of Barcelona. By having these elements in his artwork it made art lovers uneasy. In the painting there are flat and sharp angular shapes being shown. Women have masks to shield their faces from outsiders and the space the women are in appears unclear. Stokstad says these ladies are posing for men but they aren 't friendly like they seem. These ladies have tight closed mouths and hard piercing gazes. Stokstad calls these ladies a tidal wave of aggression. You can 't forget in the picture there is fruit, which is suppose to be a symbol of female sexuality, but the fruit looks hard and dangerous. It doesn 't look sweet and innocent like fruit should. Nothing in the painting looks sweet and innocent, especially the ladies. Stokstad says that men expect women to be gentle and passive, but Picasso showed that to be …show more content…
Janson, Jason says that Pablo Picasso strayed away from his blue period in 1905, and he went more towards a robust style. He started using more African and Iberian style in his works. The meaning of Demoiselles d 'Avignon means the young ladies of Avignon. Avignon in the title refers to a bad section in Barcelona. At first Picasso had the idea to make the painting a scene of ladies in a brothel, which is a whorehouse. He ended up having five nudes and a still life in the painting. In the painting you have three ladies on the left and they represent classical figures and then you have the ladies on the right who look violent. The ladies on the right have barbaric qualities of ethnographic art. Janson says Picasso destroyed the sense of proportions and the organic feel of the human body because he wanted the canvas to look like a field of broken glass. Picasso broke the painting into different wedges that are shaded to bring three-dimension to his work. Janson says that he uses faceted shapes like wedges because he got the idea from the Cézanne 's piece. That piece displayed analytic cubism, so he decided to incorporate it in his work. Picasso also used a contrast of colors and texture in this painting to make it is what it is today (Janson

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