Saturday, April 20, 2013

Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'avignon @ Zaidan Gallery

It is easy to forget how shocking the arrival of Cubism was.
When Matisse set eyes on .. Picasso's.. Les Demoiselles d'avignon - five women, their bodies fractured into a kaleidoscope of novel planes, as if put together from jigsaw pieces that someone lacked the patience to assemble correctly - he hooted with laughter
The painter Andre Derain took one look and said: "This can only end in suicide. On day, Picasso will be found hanging behind the Demoiselles."

Even Jacqueline Rogue, Picasso's second wife, quipped: "If my husband ever met a woman on the street who looked like one of his paintings he would faint."

But building on the genius of Cezanne, Picasso and George Braque redefined how we look at the world. It was the greatest rupture in the language of art since the Renaissance. The perspective that had shaped painting for 500 years was upended.

To Picasso "art is a lie that reveals the truth". In Cubism he had found a new way of lying, a vernacular whose accents infected all art that followed... more