Picasso, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
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Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907)
At only 26 years old, Picasso created one of the most groundbreaking images in the history of art. Les Demoiselles d'Avignon was his first modern masterpiece, breaking all the rules of perspective and dismantling the tradition of Western art.
Picasso flattened the figures, basing their heads and faces on African masks and depicting shapes that are exaggerated, jagged and brutal.
The painting, in a style dubbed Proto-Cubism, is a true assault on the senses. Art would never be the same again.