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Which of Picasso's paintings was considered immoral when it was first exhibited in 1916?
THE YOUNG LADIES OF AVIGNON
When it was first exhibited in 1916, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (The Young Ladies of Avignon), Picasso's abstract depiction of five Barcelona prostitutes, was deemed immoral by the public. A reviewer in Le Cri de Paris wrote: "The Cubists are not waiting for the war to end to recommence hostilities against good sense. They are exhibiting at the Galerie Poiret naked women whose scattered parts are represented in all four corners of the canvas: here an eye, there an ear, over there a hand, a foot on top, a mouth below. M. Picasso, their leader, is possibly the least disheveled of the lot. He has painted, or rather daubed, five women who are, if the truth be told, all hacked up." Today, this proto-Cubist work is widely considered to be seminal in the early development of both Cubism and Modern art.
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