of Modern Art (MoMA) has an exceptional collection
of works by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), including
fifty-five paintings spanning his prolific career.
Of these, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907)
is often celebrated as a cornerstone of modernism.
Described as the "core of Picasso's laboratory"
by the French writer and poet André Breton
(Rubin, Studies in Modern Art 3, p. 177),
the work jolted the imagination of Picasso's contemporaries
and generations of artists since. This crucial
milestone in the development of modern art has
remained an iconic fixture in MoMA's collection
since its acquisition in 1939.
Pictured at top:
Pablo Picasso. Les Demoiselles
d'Avignon. 1907. Oil on canvas, 8' x 7' 8"
(243.9 x 233.7 cm). Acquired through the Lillie
P. Bliss Bequest. © 2003 Estate of Pablo
Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York