Picasso's Revolution

Mar 14, 2019

When Pablo Picasso moved to Paris in 1904 he was still struggling to find his artistic identity. Three years later, he broke through with one of the most famous and controversial paintings ever: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.

When Pablo Picasso moved to Paris in 1904 he was still struggling to find his artistic identity. The French capital was the center of the art world, and it was there, in the seedy glamour of Montmartre, that Picasso found friends, rivals, patrons and inspiration. Then, in 1907, he broke through with one of the most famous and controversial paintings ever: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Biographer Miles Unger has written a book about Picasso’s breakthrough period, and he joins us to talk about it.

Miles Unger writes about art and books the The Economist. He's written biographies of Machiavelli, Lorenzo de'Medici, and Michelangelo. His latest book is Picasso and the Painting that Shocked the World [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible].