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Pablo Picasso and the new language of Cubism
Pablo Picasso and the new language of Cubism

Picasso was a technically skilled draftsman—so why did he choose to take his forms apart?

Pablo Picasso, <em>The Reservoir, Horta de Ebro</em>
Pablo Picasso, The Reservoir, Horta de Ebro

Ostensibly a landscape, this painting has little to do with nature.

Pablo Picasso, <em>Guitar</em>
Pablo Picasso, Guitar

Picasso represents a guitar in three dimensions, but he doesn’t actually make one.

Georges Braque, <em>Le Viaduc à L’Estaque, (The Viaduct at L’Estaque)</em>
Georges Braque, Le Viaduc à L’Estaque, (The Viaduct at L’Estaque)

An homage to Cézanne, but also a reaction to having seen Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, Braque is exploring.

Pablo Picasso, <em>Guernica</em>
Pablo Picasso, Guernica

Paintings of this size had historically exalted war, but this one suggests that war is anything but heroic.

Pablo Picasso, <em>Still Life with Chair Caning</em>
Pablo Picasso, Still Life with Chair Caning

Introducing mechanically reproduced images here undermines Picasso’s vocation as a painter—so why does he do it?

Georges Braque, <em>The Portuguese</em>
Georges Braque, The Portuguese

What does this painting by Braque have to do with a cup of coffee?

Pablo Picasso, <em>Les Demoiselles d’Avignon</em>
Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon

Picasso loved the magic of illusionism—but here, he shatters it.

Inventing Cubism
Inventing Cubism

Braque hated Picasso’s Demoiselles when he saw it. But he couldn’t get it out of his head… or off of his canvas.

Pablo Picasso, <em>Portrait of Gertrude Stein</em>
Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Gertrude Stein

Picasso began his love affair with Gertrude Stein’s bank account when he learned of her support for Matisse.

Picasso’s Early Work
Picasso’s Early Work

For Picasso, the road to fame started young… but before he could get too far, he had to unlearn a lot about art.

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