Monday, 29 August 2016

Pablo Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" - 1907

 “Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened
a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things.” Pablo Picasso

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon - piccaso
Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (The Young Ladies of Avignon, and originally titled The Brothel of Avignon)
Oil on canvas,  size: 243.9 cm × 233.7 cm (96 in × 92 in) 
Location: Museum of Modern Art - Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, New York City

“Les Demoiselles d'Avignon” is one of the most famous works of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). It is painted in a period of nine months during 1906 and 1907, when Picasso had retreated himself to a small village in the Pyrenees. When he showed the painting to his avant-garde friends, they fell silent. Only Matisse broke out laughing.
Picasso was during a visit to the Museum of Ethnography in Paris captivated by the magical fetishes, objects that were made for the expulsion of evil spirits. Against the writer André Malraux Picasso speaks of the work as "my first devils elimination painting".
In 1916 it was shown in a private room. The name of this salon was then temporarily changed from "Le bordel d'Avignon" to "Les Demoiselles". The canvas was only shown in public for the first time in 1937. In 1939 the Museum of Modern Art in New York City bought it. It still hangs there.
(source: Honour & Flemming, General art history, Meulenhoff, Amsterdam NL).

The Turkish Bath Ingres

The Turkish Bath’ by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, 1862-63. Louvre, Paris
Andrew Graham-Dixion in 'The Art of France' about The Turkish Bath’ : "It is the painting that marked the beginning of Modern Art. With this painting Art declared itself, forever, to be the creation of the individual, cut adrift from tradition."


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