‘Guernica’ Picasso

Although I am not depicting war in action I felt it was worthwhile to take a look at some famous paintings of war, and how exactly they get this feeling of pain and anguish across. Here is ‘Guernica’ painted by Picasso in 1937.

guernica3It was painted as a reaction to the Nazi’s casual bombing practice on the town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. It shows the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts especially on the innocent. When considering the depiction of the horrors of war you would expect colour to play a huge role however this piece is mostly monotone. However in this case it intensifies the action. Also this piece uses a great deal of symbolism, for example the raging bull represents the onslaught of Fascism. As well as this the sheer size of the piece at 3.5m x 7.5m is very imposing which almost forces the intensity upon the viewer. This is something I want to incorporate into my work.


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