Pablo Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”

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Pablo Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon"
Pablo Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" is a disturbing and captivating painting, because it reveals an artist at odds with his own genius, with women, with lust and art. Women here seem alien but alluring. They seem to come alive with a monstrously new way of seeing humanity. The viewer can see into the brutally honest associations Picasso had with these aspects of life.
Picasso had amazing painterly skills from a young age, and it seems as if this painting, if not cubist, is definitely breaking away from conventional beauty. This would make many other artists uncomfortable because their reputations were of course partly built on their displays of formal painting aspects, like anatomy. This...
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.....ainting makes these women also foreign to most women, too. They are more unfortunate, but independent and able to provide for themselves. That makes them a distinct society among women. There is no way to penetrate their characters in an honest way because there is little common ground between them and normal people, male or female.
Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" is a brutally honest painting, belligerent to other artists, bratty in a forthright way; honest about the trials of women, frank about how our carnal appetites operate. This painting attacks our perceptions of women, too. It rips away the sentimental meaninglessness of putting women on pedestals, and insists raw sexuality is real, primitive and in everyone, artists included.