Comparison of Picasso's Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Guernica

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During this essay I’m going to attempt to discuss and analyse the key issues and concepts associated with two of Picasso’s most famous works, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Guernica.
I’m going to discuss and explore the cultural, theoretical and conceptual connections between the two works.
I chose to look at works by Picasso, as I feel his work influenced a lot of 20th century and modern day artists, and it has helped shape the art world into what it is today, in every aspect and style of art, from sculpture to typography.
Picasso, who was born in 1881, was very influenced by the culture he surrounded himself with, both Spanish and French. One of the best known figures in 20th century art, his work is known all around the world and is
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All the figures are drawn to be slightly menacing, and are painting with disjointed and angular body shapes.
Two of the women in the painting are shown to have “African-mask” style faces, which critics feel was influenced by African tribal masks, and the art of Oceania, although Picasso strongly denies this connection.
The other three faces are painting with the Iberian style of Picasso’s native Spain, which shows Picasso was very influenced by the Spanish art and Iberian sculptures that he grew up with.
All of this gives Les Demoiselles d’Avignon a very savage aura.
Another factor in the creation of this painting is the Primitivism movement, and the abandonment of perspective. This gives the painting a two-dimensional plane, which is a departure from the more realistic Blue Period, and a radical change from the European style of painting Picasso was used to beforehand.
I think that Les Demoiselles d’Avignon became so popular because it was such a radical change from all artwork on the scene at the time, and Picasso uses colour and shape in such a bold fashion that it makes a statement not previously seen in any artwork. The combination of both Cubism and Primitivism give the painting something more than other works of art around at the time.
While Les Demoiselles is one of the most influential pieces of art now, it stayed in Picasso’s studio for many years, with Picasso

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