Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is one the most radical painting of the twentieth-century painted by Pablo Picasso. This is a painting representing five prostitutes at the time a very radical way of expressing it. This type of cubism is called proto-cubism. Proto-cubism has pictorial dismantling of forms and figures, combined with subversion of western artistic sources and influences. When it first appeared it was as if the art world had collapsed. This large work took Picasso nine months. Picasso created hundreds of sketches and studies in preparation for the final work. This was a revolutionary work, but there was so much controversial, even Henri Matisse was angry about this work.
The painter Derain had this to say after seeing the painting:
“One day we shall find Pablo has hanged himself behind his great canvas."
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