Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is perhaps my favorite painting. One of the twentieth centuries’ most important paintings, it is now part of the collection of Museum of Modern Art in New York. Preceded by nearly 100 sketches, it has been stated that Picasso’s creativity was spontaneous, but carefully conceived. The five women, all prostitutes, seem to be neither behind or in front of the drapery. In addition, the women are painted in response to Cezanne, Matisse and African masks.