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Guernica (1937) - Picasso

Related: cubism - grotesque art - modern art - 1937 - Pablo Picasso

Guernica (1937) - Pablo Picasso [Image link]

Picasso's Guernica is the world's most famous example of - metaphorically speaking - social realism.


Guernica is one of the most famous paintings by Pablo Picasso in which the painter condemned the Nazi German bombing of Guernica, Spain on April 26, 1937. The assault was the first ever aerial bombing and it destroyed the city, killing an estimated 1600 people. The huge Cubist mural was produced under a commission by the Spanish Republican government to decorate the Spanish Pavilion at the Paris International Exposition (the 1937 World's Fair in Paris). --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guernica_%28painting%29 [Jul 2006]

Surrealist's fascination with the grotesque subject matter

Picasso, founder of the Cubism movement in art, painted Guernica in commemoration of the bombing of the Spanish town of Guernica. The attack took the lives of over 1000 people, one-eighth of the population. The painting is a surrealist's fascination with the grotesque subject matter and was meant by Picasso to be an unforgettable attack on "Brutality and Darkness" (1937-- Heartfield joins the Prague Oskar Kokoschka League. Participates in 50 Years Manes. Some of Heartfield's works are removed due to Germany's threats to break off diplomatic relations with Czechoslovakia.) --http://www.towson.edu/heartfield/events/1930.html [May 2004]

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