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Pablo Picasso, <em>Three Women</em>
Pablo Picasso, Three Women

Maintaining a precarious balance between representation and abstraction, Picasso and Braque saw themselves as pursuing a daring and dangerous course.

A Still Life of Global Dimensions: Antonio de Pereda’s <em>Still Life with Ebony Chest</em>
A Still Life of Global Dimensions: Antonio de Pereda’s Still Life with Ebony Chest

In this still life, objects and customs from around the world converge around one delicious food: chocolate.

Varvara Stepanova, <em>The Results of the First Five-Year Plan</em>
Varvara Stepanova, The Results of the First Five-Year Plan

Stepanova lent her artistic talents to the cause of promoting the ideals of the Soviet Union.

Henri Matisse, <em>Goldfish</em>
Henri Matisse, Goldfish

To say that Matisse “had a thing for goldfish” would be kind of an understatement.

Ilya Repin, <em>Krestny Khod (Religious Procession) in Kursk Gubernia</em>
Ilya Repin, Krestny Khod (Religious Procession) in Kursk Gubernia

Though initially forced to find sponsorship from a wealthy general, Repin’s paintings castigated the upper classes.