Trivia Crack Answer: Pablo Picasso
About “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”
The artist who painted “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” was Pablo Picasso. “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” means “The Young Ladies of Avignon,” but was originally named “The Brothel of Avignon,” as it depicts five female prostitutes, supposedly located in Avignon, in Barcelona, Spain. “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” caused intense controversy in the art world for its unconventional style and its scandalous nature as a depiction of prostitutes. “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” was not painted according to the prevailing artistic trends of the time, and instead presented the women as two-dimensional, with angular bodies and strange, disturbing faces. This is partly because “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” was inspired by African art, was was a product of the European artistic fascination with “Primitivism,” which resulted from the colonization of Africa and the discovery of native art forms, which often featured very stark and angular features. “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” eventually became the inspiration for the Cubist movement, which focused on the use of polygonal shapes to represent real-life and abstract scenes. Looking into its influences and history, “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” came from Picasso’s fascination in the work of El Greco, a Spanish artist whose nickname meant “The Greek,” referencing his similarity to classical Greek paintings. The artist Salvador Dali, too, admired El Greco’s work.