Picasso - Women Of The Street

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When I think of abstract art, Pablo Picasso is the first artist to come into mind. Pablo Picasso was an artist who exemplified the Cubism movement in art. Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (pg…) is an interesting piece by Picasso. Cubism is represented because cubes and other geometric shapes depict the five women. This in itself makes the work Dionysian, since it is the artists interpretation of the subject matter, and not a real representation of them.

Is also interesting, because of the influence of African art in Picasso's work. The three women on the right have "normal" faces. However, the two women on the left have features similar to African masks. Not only are those two women darker in shade, but their features also have sharper lines.

When one focuses on this work, they should also pay attention to the actual subject. The name of the painting, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, translates to "The Young Ladies of the Street."

This implies that they are streetwalkers or prostitutes. When one focuses on the painting, he or she can notice that one of the women is holding up a piece of cloth to her waist. This means that she is naked and so are the other women. This is not initially apparent in this version of the work. However, it is obvious that the ladies are nude in a colorful version of the work.

In conclusion, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon is a good example of a work in which the artists interpretation was the major influence on the end piece. Picasso was famous for this type of work and his work revolutionized art.