Podcast 61: Pablo Picasso and Guernica: The Creation

Pablo Picasso, Part Three

Much has been written about Picasso’s masterwork, Guernica, and most of the art historical accounts focus on the iconography and the style of the mural. This podcast examines the meaning of the mural within the cultural context of the Spanish Civil War. The small town of Guernica was the testing ground for aerial bombardment of a civilian population. Faced with an unprecedented assault on humanity, Pablo Picasso was forced to give up the safety of his easel painting and was driven by the tragedy to confront the toll of “total war.”


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