Cubism Period

African and Primitivism

Picasso first encountered African art at the Ethnographic Museum exhibition in Trocadero in 1907. Here, primitive idols, statues, and masks embodied the mighty forces of nature from which primitive man did not distance himself. Instead of being a household decoration, this art served as a type of magic for the ancient people; taming the incomprehensible and hostile spirits who controlled life. Inspired, Picasso strived to convey the powerful message implicit from this art and transform it into his own. Read More