1907 – 1960
Age of Global Conflict

Picasso's Guernica

Picasso, Guernica, oil on canvas, 1937 (Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid)

Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker, Dr. Beth Harris 



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Julia M wrote on Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Great presentation! One of my favourite pieces of all time! No image can do the actual work justice, I feel like one of the most powerful components of this piece is the sheer size of it. Viewing it in person, you almost forget it’s a Picasso, or a cubism work, or that it’s even abstract, because of how directly it conveys such a strong sense of tragedy and warfare. Seeing such large abstract, yet clearly tormented beings within such a chaotic confinement really overwhelms the viewer with such immense exposure. I completely agree with the commentators, when you view this work in person, “you can almost hear the bombs, and sirens, and screaming” and get a sure sense of the “forces of darkness.” Excellent job! A must-see!

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