Pablo Picasso (Spanish; Cubism, African Period, 1881-1973): Dance of the Veils (La danse au voiles), 1907. Oil on canvas, 150 x 100 cm. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.
“Picasso was so taken with the idea of the nude figure draped with revealing fabrics that he produced a whole series of works on the subject, the most important of which is this early Cubist work, painted in the spring of 1907. The idea of the world’s mystery – that the world can never be known or understood to the full – was characteristic of Spanish visual traditions and central to Picasso’s view of the world …”
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‘Cubism … was created by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque in Paris between 1907 and 1914 … Other influences on early Cubism have been linked to Primitivism and non-Western sources … African art.
In Cubist work up to 1910, the subject of a picture was usually discernible …’
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