Pablo Picasso, Guernica, 1937
Oil on canvas
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”Guernica is a painting by Pablo Picasso, in response to the bombing of Guernica, Basque Country, by German and Italian warplanes at the behest of the Spanish Nationalist forces, on 26 April 1937, during the Spanish Civil War. The Spanish Republican government commissioned Pablo Picasso to create a large mural for the Spanish display at the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne (1937) Paris International Exposition in the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris. Guernica shows the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts upon individuals, particularly innocent civilians. This work has gained a monumental status, becoming a perpetual reminder of the tragedies of war, an anti-war symbol, and an embodiment of peace. On completion Guernica was displayed around the world in a brief tour, becoming famous and widely acclaimed. This tour helped bring the Spanish Civil War to the world’s attention.” - source
My wife and I saw “Guernica” at the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid a few years ago. No photo can prepare you for this painting - it’s huge, 11 feet by 25 feet, and filled with images of agony. Incredible experience.
The room adjacent to the painting was full of sketches that Picasso did in preparation for creating the main event. A room full of sketches, made over months. That guy *worked* on this painting.