les demoiselles d’avignon

Classical artists will always be remembered for building the foundations of art. However, there were many revolutionary artists after their time that revolutionized art into what it is today.Impressionists, led by Claude Monet, formed a group of artists originally rejected from the academies to paint in their own “objective reality.” They painted art as sifted through their senses; taking into account the environment’s affect on an object or placing the focus on everyday activity, the impressionists helped redefine art. While they started the process of the transformation of art, Pablo Picasso advanced it many times over, changing the face of art more profoundly then any other artist. Picasso painted art by what views he saw in his head and imagination, not by how his eyes or other senses interpreted a scene. He shamelessly broke all the classical rules of three-dimensional space, colors, figures and subject matter. In a style called “cubism”, Picasso painted one of the most pivotal works of art in history, and began a new era with a single work of art. In Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, he painted his initial attempt at breaking all classical rules and changed the world of painting forever.
One aspect of Pablo Picasso’s art that distinguishes him from earlier artists is the lack of three-dimensional space displayed in his art. In Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, the five lady figures seem to be enveloped in what might be construed as the background. In contrast to earlier Raphael paintings for instance, where red drapery serves as a frame for Mary and baby Jesus, Picasso’s figures appear to be actually wearing the drapery. The far woman on the left appears without clothes, except for the piece of red drapery strewn across the right side of her body. Each successive figure shows her full body with the exception of where the drapery covers her. By redefining the three-dimensional space and forcing the characters to take on the full focus of th…


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