Avignon girls, Pablo Picasso, 1907
- Posted by Pablo Picasso
- Museum: Museum of Modern Art (New York)
- Year: 1907
Overview of the painting :
Avignon girls – Pablo Picasso. 1907. Oil on canvas. 243.9x 233.7
The great secret of the birth of new directions in painting has not yet been solved. Millions of cultural scientists, art historians, anthropologists, sociologists have been puzzling over this secret of developing the idea of beauty and the rules for displaying the world of people in art paintings for hundreds of years. But each time they stumble upon the random nature of all discoveries in the world of art. “When would you know from which bark poetry grows, with shame.”… Ahmad’s emotional attempt to reveal the secrets of creativity only added fog and mystery…
The painting “Avignon Girls”, or as the author of “Philosopher’s brothel” wanted to call it, was really born in a brothel. In this spicy institution, the artist sought the answer to his internal torment, experiencing the extinction of love for a woman who had recently idolized. Girls of light behavior took the most picturesque poses in front of him, and before the eyes of the master their magnificent forms acquired a geometric and lifeless sound. The bodies fell apart into unnatural components and did not unite together. Ugly masks appeared on their faces, reflecting the tragic and unhappy souls of the “fry” of this not the most chic institution in Barcelona.
For about thirty years, the picture was available for viewing only to the colleagues of the master. For the public, the work was too revolutionary, too unusual, too defiant. Colleagues treated her differently: from admiration and brilliant prophecies, to curses and complete neglect.
Art critics seek harmony in the picture with impressionists, with masters of archaic Spain. The roots of the aesthetics new for the artist himself, of course, lie in folk art. Picasso always remained a Spaniard in everything: in the sharpness, temperament, color and dramaturgy of his works.
Two “company” colors of the great master – blue and pink – organically converged in the work. Summing up the results of previous periods of creativity, the painful searches of his special path in art, the author decisively breaks into a new, special artistic reality, denying the past and boldly looking forward. It is from this work that the very Picasso begins, which the whole world considers the genius of modern painting.
The viewer is still amazed at the courage and very special expressiveness that make the picture a masterpiece. It was this picture that ended the short-lived era of phobism in art, affirming a new aesthetics, a new program, the name of which – cubism – for a long time took possession of the minds of the best masters around the world.