Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (detail)" by Pablo Picasso
I’m told we are looking at the birth of modern art. Cubism and Abstraction both set free by this painting. It is intentionally abstracted and really ugly. What was he thinking? He spent years on this painting and then kept it hidden for many more. He must have known the world was not ready. One hundred years later the influence this painting has had on the direction of art is undisputed. In fact, in grade five I did a paper mache mask almost identical to this. That’s big.