Thursday, December 2, 2010

Les Demonseilles d’Avignon, Picasso

Picasso used five prostitutes from a brothel on Avinyo Street as the inspiration for this painting. All are very confrontational like other paintings of comfortably nude women we've seen. The women's bodies are not especially feminine and take on the characteristics of different periods of art. On the left is a woman surprisingly similar to a Kouros boy. And on the right, they seem to wear African masks. Picasso's disdain and fear of prostitutes and the diseases they carried are clearly depicted in their representations. They are not alluring, but frightening and jagged, not bodies you would want to be close to.  

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