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Young Ladies of Avignon
ARTIST: Pable Picasso (1881-1973)
SIZE: 23" x 33"
MADE BY: Nuova Arti Grafiche Ricordi
DESCRIPTION: This jigsaw puzzle by Picasso
is also called Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and was completed in 1907.
The work portrays five nude female prostitutes
from a brothel on Carrer d'Avinyó (Avinyó Street)
in Barcelona, Spain. Each figure is depicted in a
disconcerting confrontational manner and none are conventionally
feminine. The women appear as slightly menacing and rendered with
angular and disjointed body shapes. Two are shown with
African mask-like faces and three more with faces in the
Iberian style of Picasso's native Spain,
giving them a savage aura. The work is widely considered to be seminal in
the early development of both cubism and modern art.
Demoiselles was revolutionary and controversial, and led to wide
anger and disagreement, even amongst his closest associates and friends.