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Carrer d'Avinyó

A historic street in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter known for its boutiques, bars, and inspiration for Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon."
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Although Picasso moved to Paris in 1904, it’s clear that the streets of Barcelona still have a magical influence over him. In fact, his most popular work of art, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, depicts five prostitutes in front of a well-known brothel on Carrer d’Avinyó in Barcelona. This painting had monumental significance because it’s considered to be a seminal piece of art in both the Cubist movement and modern art. 
While the subject matter may not be the nicest thing for a city to boast about, it’s easy to see how the lively nature of the streets of Barcelona provide for ample inspiration. Carrer d’Avinyó, 44 is the building which housed the brothel, recognizable by its large wooden door. The painting now hangs as part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, often described as one of the most important artworks in the genesis of contemporary painting.

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Carrer d'Avinyó Articles

  • A Guide to Barcelona Through the Eyes of Picasso

    Pablo Picasso: one of the defining artists of the 20th century and a primary figure behind the Cubism movement. Although he spent the bulk of his adult life in Paris, Barcelona is where the legendary painter called his true home in times of nostalgia and sadness. Picasso was born in Málaga and later moved to […]