Les Demoiselles D ' Avignon Essay

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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 eyes. Stokstad noticed a combination of Iberian influence and African Influence being used. There are three women on the left that display Iberian influence and there are two women on the right that are wearing African masks. Stokstad says since the Les Demoiselles d 'Avignon has both Iberian and African elements it is the start of a cultural rebellion. He started this cultural rebellion because the Les Demoiselles d 'Avignon was a response to Matisse 's The Joy of Life.
In the title of the work you have the word Demoiselles, which are the figures in the artwork. 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…

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