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An icon of modern art hits the century mark

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Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907), one of the first great works of modern art, will be the recipient of a special exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York this summer to celebrate the work's centennial. (Courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art)


"Head of the Medical Student" was one study that Picasso drew for a figure he eventually cut out of "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon." This study will be included in an exhibition at "The Museum of Modern Art in New York this summer," celebrating the painting's 100th anniversary. (Estate of Pablo Picasso/Courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art)


Pablo Picasso made more studies for "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" than any other of his paintings including this one (1907). Through the studies, art historians can see Picasso's artistic evolution and his movement towards Cubism. (Estate of Pablo Plicasso/Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art)

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Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon," a monumental work of modern art, turns 100 this year, and the art world is celebrating the painting's influence over a century's worth of work.