The canvas was written in 1907 and marked a new stage in the creative life of Picasso – Cubism. The history of the painting says that the story is inspired by the quarter of Avignon in Barcelona, where the brothel was located. Conceiving a work the artist made several sketches, the main of which – a seductive scene in a brothel, but in the course of the work focused on the implementation of five nudes and still life.
This picture exploded view of the painting in the narrow-minded sense of the word. I shock the audience, who knew Picasso, and which once again managed to achieve a stunning effect through innovation. Here are denied and organic integrity of the human body and its proportions. The images create the effect of three-dimensional, and the edge, wedges, angles are shaded so that is a picture of a hardened space or transparent bodies, all integrity, continuity, vaguely.
Master presented the audience of some monsters with masks instead of faces, barely marked gender, frightening creatures of the wild, aggressive, erotic, exciting expression.
Depicted figures are different unusual. Left silhouette has something in common with the Assyrian and Egyptian reliefs. Female figures in the center of the canvas – this painting Catalan Romanesque churches, with its inherent mystical lyricism. Individuals right shapes resemble African faces. They seemed to possess knowledge of the terrible, magical ritual.
This fact has motivated her, because in 1907 there was an exhibition in Paris devoted to the culture and life of the peoples of Africa. In his work, Picasso recreated anew seen ritual masks Africans. In the picture – a mysterious, frightening creatures viewer that fascinate her immobility. Master created a dark and mysterious images that suppress thoughts, instincts and feelings that dominate the audience.
It is from here is “demonic” in his work, about which so many critics say.
Picasso’s intention was to transfer the three-dimensional shape on the density, divide it into geometric components, as well as to solve the search for expressive deformation express the grotesque. He manages to satisfy a powerful force figures and eerie aggression.
In the picture there are ocher-pink color and a bluish tone, as a tribute already gone “blue and pink” periods in the artist’s work. Angular-sharp picture elements reminiscent of Matisse’s technique. Location, grouping pieces – this is likely, by Cezanne, who inspired his “Bathers” many-Cubist artists.
Undoubtedly, the picture is traditional and at the same time innovative start. The intertwining of these two bears quintessences encryption and allegorical story. Here is dominated by the barbarian origins, natural, with chaotic splashes of when the whole story was a tissue of myths and legends.
Parisian bohemians took “Maids” is not unique.
Matisse saw in this work the key to the development of new visual art, jealous, and therefore went to those who were against the picture. Georges Braque, on the contrary, the image is so admired that it inspired him to create his “Naked.”
The history of writing web, too, is closely linked to the personal crisis of relations master and Fernande Olivier – they are nine years together, Picasso begins to tire of these relations, and decides to test the feelings of alternative connections.
In the picture there of plot, it is filled with some mysterious meaning. Its language is unusual and new, and the manner of execution has become a significant event in the visual arts of the time.
His name is obliged canvas André Salmon – poet and close friend of Picasso.