At Large  January 5, 2019  Jennifer Dasal

ArtCurious: Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon​​​​​​​"

MOMA, NYC

Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, oil on canvas, 244 x 234 cm

The ArtCurious Podcast, Episode #46

Shock Art: Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'AvignonArtCurious Logo

Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor quality, or just bad when they were first made. With the passage of time comes a calm and an acceptance. But that doesn’t change the fact that there are many works peppered throughout art history that were straight-up shocking to the public when they were first presented decades, or even hundreds of years ago.

Today's work of "shock art:" Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.

About the Author

Jennifer Dasal

Jennifer Dasal is a contemporary arts curator with nearly twenty years of art-historical studies and experience.

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