Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon: Africa, Sex, Origins, and Creativity

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Pablo Picasso’s well-known painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, considered one of the most important and iconic paintings of the 20th century, is also one of its least understood. This lecture examines this famous 1907 canvas, and several other works of this era, from the vantage of newly discovered sources that offer vital clues into its dating and compositional development, as well as its provocative subject matter and notably variant styles. In the end, this canvas will be seen to speak not only to issues of sex and race but also questions of origins and evolution.

Dr. Suzanne Preston Blier is Allen Whitehill Clowes Chair of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. She is a Visiting Research Professor of African Art for 2017-2018 at the Edith O'Donnell Institute of Art History at UT Dallas.

Presented by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Edith O'Donnell Institute of Art History at UT Dallas