Shock and Awe

An Interview with Miles Unger

Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon shocked the avant garde when it first appeared — and then shifted the course of art history. Art historian Miles Unger explains how the painting came into being and why it changed the world.

Octavian Report: What is happening in Pablo Picasso’s life as he begins to paint Les Demoiselles d’Avignon? Can you talk about the preparatory work that went into the painting?

Miles Unger: Les Demoiselles was certainly the most carefully planned painting of his entire …

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