About Picasso's African Art

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Picasso created art influenced by African masks, such as his early controversial cubist piece, Les Demoiselles de Avignon, which depicts several women in a brothel wearing African masks. Understand Picasso's influential works with information from an experienced artist in this free video on art.

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Hi. I'm Koorosh Angali with Angali.com. I'm going to give you some tips on Picasso's African Art. What do we mean by Picasso's African Art? It refers to a period of Picasso's artistic life when he is influenced by the African art in general and African masks in particular. Of course, we have to go one step back and remember that as early as Cezanne's period, Cezanne is already influenced by African art anyway. But when it gets to Picasso, he is more determined to incorporate that into his art. And as early as creating his first controversial cubist canvas, which is Les Demoiselles de Avignon, he's already incorporated, incorporating that, that feature of African masks into the faces of those, ah, women in the canvas.

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