Rose Period


Modern Art


Tiki African Mask

Modern Art Origins

Picasso's African-influenced Period (1907–1909) begins with his painting Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. The three figures on the left were inspired by Iberian sculpture, but he repainted the faces of the two figures on the right after being powerfully impressed by African artefacts he saw in June 1907 in the ethnographic museum at Palais du Trocadéro.  When he displayed the painting to acquaintances in his studio later that year, the nearly universal reaction was shock and revulsion; Matisse angrily dismissed the work as a hoax. Picasso did not exhibit Les Demoiselles publicly until 1916.  (excerpt from Wikipedia)

Despite the dates given above, this is an art style that Picasso would return to years later and it influenced not only his future works, but those of many other artists and its usually the painting that people point to as the origins of Modern Art. 

Les Trois Danseuses (The Three Dancers) by Picasso, 1925

Picasso once said that this painting should be called, "the death of Pichot". He said this because he painted it after his good friend Ramon Pichot died. He had been painting "like a respectable painter" for several years due to his marriage with Olga Khokhlova who was the daughters of a Russian General. This painting would signify his return to his 'modern art' style and the end of his marriage.


Arguably Picasso's most famous work is his depiction of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil WarGuernica. This large canvas embodies for many the inhumanity, brutality and hopelessness of war.  (excerpt from Wikipedia)

This is another example of this style which was first exhibited in 1937. It is massive in size, 11.5 feet tall by 25.5 feet long.

Portrait of Dora Maar 1937

The Weeping Woman 1937


Most of Picasso's Modern Art are portraits. Here we have two portrait of Dora Maar both from 1937. The Picasso Modern Masters film called Dora Maar unhinged. She was one of Picasso's many lovers.


For this project we will be imitating Picasso's modern art style to some extent. The only real parameters for this project is that we are doing a portrait, that it be somewhat Picasso like in nature (Geometric forms, shapes, tribal mask style) and that you fully cover the page. You get to select the medium and media of your choice. See my sketch example and final examples below.

This version has been sprayed with a workable fixative. Notice that it lost a lot of its color. I am not sure that I like that. So be careful if you are in Pastels about using a spray to protect your work. It may change its entire look.