"Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (detail)" by Pablo Picasso
Why is this such a large painting? I think Picasso wanted to make a large statement, and he did. This was not dashed off in a day or two. He did hundreds of preparatory sketches and gave it lots of thought. So the harshness of the prostitutes (he called this painting “The Brothel”) and the overall hideousness of the picture is on purpose. I think his big brain was bored with conventional painting and this piece breaks all the rules. Isn’t that Picasso himself in the middle?