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Monday, January 15, 2007

100 Years of Modernist Painting

Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
[ Les Demoiselles d'Avignon - Pablo Picasso 1907. ]

Pablo Picasso started his painting, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, in the winter of 1907, and so you could say that Modernism in painting is now 100 years old. Writing for The Guardian, art critic Jonathan Jones proclaims, "So - a centenary. If you care about modern art, this is its centenary. Works of art settle down eventually, become respectable. But, 100 years on, Picasso's is still so new, so troubling, it would be an insult to call it a masterpiece." Read Jones’ article about Picasso’s painting and the centenary of Modernism, here.