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Picasso's African Period

Painting series by Pablo Picasso / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Picasso's African Period, which lasted from 1906 to 1909, was the period when Pablo Picasso painted in a style which was strongly influenced by African sculpture, particularly traditional African masks and art of ancient Egypt, in addition to non-African influences including Iberian sculpture, and the art of Paul Cézanne and El Greco. This proto-Cubist period following Picasso's Blue Period and Rose Period has also been called the Negro Period,[1] or Black Period.[2][3] Picasso collected and drew inspiration from African art during this period, but also for many years after it.[4]

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. The two figures on the right are the beginnings of Picasso's African period.