An analysis of pablo picassos guernica

why did picasso paint guernica

As with all cubist paintings, the exact nature of these beasts is often up for debate. Pablo Picasso — Guernica,oil painting on canvas, 3. This comparison is particularly striking, as a large part of the reason that Nazi Germany and Italy both agreed to the bombing of Guernica, was for a chance to test out their newly created equipment in a live battle setting.

Guernica is almost a full mural, stretching over 25 and a half feet long and standing over 11 and a half feet high.

In Guernica, we see several victims of the bombing--some still living, some already dead. Picasso's Dead Soldier Working our way further down still we see a dead soldier on the ground. After Franco's death, Spain was transformed into a democratic constitutional monarchyratified by a new constitution in The painting is painted in oil and in monochrome colours of black, grey and white.

Others go even further and describe this scene as a representation of the nation that observes in sufferance the death of its own people in this brutal war, or as the image of Madridthe capital city of Spain, being besieged by the fascist army.

Guernica style

A horn appears within the horse's breast. Explanation of Other Paintings by Picasso. We will come back to this soon. If studied carefully, you will see that the source of what is lighting the scene is not the electric light bulb above, but the oil lamp immediately beside it. It has been said that it represents technological advancement, as in the technological advancement being tested during the Guernica bombings. After Paris, it travelled to America, where it was exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Art as well as the Museum of Modern Art in New York , into whose hands it was eventually placed for safe-keeping. The newspaper print background texture of the horse may also be a throwback to Picasso's early "Journal" Cubist artwork.
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Understanding Picasso: A Look Into Guernica