Title: The Maidens of Avignon
Dimension: 243.9 x 233.7 cm
Les Demoiselles d´Avignon marks a radical break from traditional composition and perspective in painting. It depicts five naked women with figures composed of flat, splintered planes and faces inspired by Iberian sculpture and African masks. The compressed space the figures inhabit appears to project forward in jagged shards; a fiercely pointed slice of melon in the still life of fruit at the bottom of the composition teeters on an impossibly upturned tabletop. These strategies would be significant in Picasso´s subsequent development of Cubism, charted in this gallery with a selection of the increasingly fragmented compositions he created in this period.