Date of Award

Spring 2018

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Art History

First Advisor

Michael Fitzgerald


In the early summer of 1907, after months of preparatory studies, Picasso completed the first version of Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. By mid-summer, he'd repainted two of the heads of the nude female forms to resemble African reliquary figures. This thesis examines this decision under the greater context of early-20th century colonialism. Why did Picasso include Africanizing elements in the Demoiselles, and to what extent can we apply the term "cultural appropriation" to his decision in modern art history?


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Art History.