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Pablo Picasso's Painting "Guernica"
A descriptive analysis and personal response to Pablo Picasso's "Guernica".
# 152321 | 1,236 words | 3 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 27, 2013 in Art (Painting)


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Description:

This paper analyzes the substance of Pablo Picasso's painting "Guernica" and explains how Picasso was attempting to communicate the horrors of warfare and violence, both generally and specifically by General Franco during the time of the Spanish Revolution. The paper examines Picasso's method and focuses on his use of symbolism, form and content, and also discusses this writer's personal response to the painting. The paper provides a value assessment of this painting and considers what our generation and all future generations can learn from this painting.

Outline:
Communication: Substance
Communication: Method
Personal Response
Value Assessment
Lessons for the Twentieth Century

From the Paper:

"In this painting, the famous Pablo Picasso was attempting to communicate the horrors of warfare and violence, both generally and specifically by General Franco during the time of the Spanish Revolution. Picasso had been asked to create a painting for Spain's area in the 1937 world exhibition in Paris, and though he usually stayed out of politics and did not like political painting he agreed, and was sadly inspired by the pointless bombing of the Basque town of Guernica by Hitler's army--for "target practice" (PBS 2010). The pain, confusion, chaos, and death that was brought about by this event is all included in the painting, and communicated quite clearly through the various disjointed images and figures that Picasso included in this large black-and-white mural.
"Another very salient feature of the communication that Picasso is attempting in this painting is the sheer pointlessness of the violence, and the inhumanity of man to man. The chaos of the scene is highly indicative of this, and can also be extrapolated from Picasso's generally peaceful and compassionate philosophies and perspectives (PBS 2010). All war and violence is pointless, Picasso seems to be saying; the extreme example that the bombing of Guernica provided in such a timely fashion merely renders more explicit the sheer confusion that war creates and the callous disregard for human life, dignity, and simple social order that the making of war and violence necessarily entails."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Harris, M. (1996). "Picasso's secret Guernica." Accessed 29 April 2010. http://web.org.uk/picasso/secret_guernica.html
  • PBS. (2010). "Treasures of the world: Guernica." Accessed 29 April 2010. http://www.pbs.org/treasuresoftheworld/a_nav/guernica_nav/main_guerfrm.html
  • Picasso, P. (1937) Guernica. Accessed 29 April 2010. http://homepage.mac.com/dmhart/WarArt/Picasso/Guernica/Guernica.JPG

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