Looking at The Guernica


This is the Guernica by Pablo Picasso. The Guernica was painted in 1937 and it is the most famous by Picasso. The painting has a very important political statement as it depicts the time, the Nazis bombed for practice in the town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil war.

There are many scared people in the painting. People running, crying and many injured, it’s distressing to look at. He has made some kind of a story to this tragic event. It’s very dark as he uses black in the painting. This shows it has happened in the night or that all of the lights have been turned off. People use light from lamps or maybe the light is coming from burning houses. This means that people are running away from their houses, trying to get out. Animals in farms are running away. If you look in the middle of the painting you see lines and different shades of grey. This could be the smoke from the houses, people are suffocating, and a baby has died in its mothers arms. The way that the image has been made it is as we are the painter and we are watching it happen from all different angles and locations. It’s as we have a film camera and are filming it.


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