Mother and Child
Oil on canvas, 1907.
"Motherhood takes an unusual turn in this painting, which followed the completion of the completion of Les Demoiselles d"Avignon. Vivid contrasting colors, stylized faces and coarse brushstrokes seem to defy the warmth and gentleness more commonly used to depict this subject. It is another signal of Picasso's decisive turn toward a strong and often startling visual language."
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon
Considered one of the most famous works of art from the 20th century. Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon marks a radical break from traditional European painting. Within a compressed space, five nude women appear to project from the picture’s surface. Their bodies are composed of flat, fractured planes, while their faces are inspired by Iberian sculpture and African masks. This work signals a revolution in Picasso’s style and established him as the leader of the Parisian avant-garde. Les Demoiselles dAvignon was painted in France and completed in the summer of 1907. A seminal work in the development of Cubism, Picassos eye-catching depiction of five prostitutes in a brothel revolutionized the art world. ◽️