Picasso, Guernica, oil on canvas, 1937 (Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid)
Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker, Dr. Beth Harris
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 itâ€™s a Picasso, or a cubism work, or that itâ€™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, â€œyou can almost hear the bombs, and sirens, and screamingâ€ and get a sure sense of the â€œforces of darkness.â€ Excellent job! A must-see!
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