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Harris and Zucker’s essay on Les Demoiselles d’Avignon explains the symbolism of the aspects in Picasso’s painting. In order for me to understand the african masks and what they mean I will need to understand their history with Picasso. The essay offers an explanation on why Picasso used the African masks. It tells that Picasso inspired by recently discovering african art, uses these mask to convey his feelings toward the woman in his picture. It also goes on to reveal the women represent actual prostitutes from a brothel visited by Picasso. The masks are expressions of the fear that he harbored of the women

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