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Look at Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, painted in 1907: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Chicks-from-avignon.jpg

Now, look at Picasso's Guernica, painted in 1937: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:PicassoGuernica.jpg

Write a three to five page paper answering the following questions:

Do you think Picasso's style changed noticeably over the 30-year period these two works were painted? Explain.
In Guernica, Picasso is making a specific political statement. How do you think this made his approach to painting different than in Les Demoiselles?
Be sure to introduce your report with some biographical information about Picasso and some comparable artists who were his contemporaries.

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As you contrast the two pieces, you might examine how Les Demoiselles emphasizes line drawing "rather than the color- and light-defined forms of Impressionism and the Fauves. The painter's private demons take shape in the figures on the canvas" (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/cultureshock/flashpoints/visualarts/picasso_a.html).Some critics even feel that this piece helped to "plant the seeds for cubism, the widely acclaimed and revolutionary art movement that he and painter Georges Braque develop in years to come" (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/cultureshock/flashpoints/visualarts/picasso_a.html).

You might also examine how the influence of African and Oceanic art is present in this piece. It also seems ...

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Briefly contrast the two Picasso pieces using research to validate.

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