Analysis Of The Massacre In Korea From 1950 By Pablo Picasso

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One artist during the 1900s when to the extreme to paint political statements from the wars that America was facing. This artist name was Pablo Picasso. Even though he has many pieces to choose from, I chose his piece called the Massacre in Korea from 1950. This piece is about the communist and has a strong influence with the new age. It was popular to the people of its time, and it is still being talked about today. The main points of this paper are going to be about the context of the painting, information of the design, and the visual aspect of the design. Pablo Picasso painted this piece, Massacre in Korea from 1950, in the year of 1951 (“Massacre in Korea, 1951 by Pablo Picasso”). This painting was intended to be an act of a mass killing that was being carried out by the North Koreans, South Koreans, and American forces. The town it was representing was Sinchon which is in South Hwanghae Province, North Korea (“Massacre in Korea, 1951 by Pablo Picasso”). The Massacre in Korea from 1950 piece was about an atmosphere of tension and death. Picasso wanted to transform is paintings and sculptures into emblems of death and the destruction of war (Steinberg). Many viewers at the time questioned if this event even happened. The painting shows citizens being killed by what appears to be possibly be Koreans. The people that are killing the citizens are Anti-Communist forces (“Massacre in Korea, 1951 by Pablo Picasso”). The viewers also thought the soldiers were capable to be the destroyers of life. The soldiers were thought to have castrated themselves to deny the future generation of human life from the world (“Massacre in Korea, 1951 by Pablo Picasso”). By looking at the image, there is a sense of innocence in the women and children. They are standing in the painting looking frighten and lost. One woman in particular, is standing behind the other women, and someone has a hand on her breast. This woman does not look afraid like the others. She looks innocent and calm. There is a sense of confidence in her, almost like she knows everything will be alright. She is also the only woman with a regular face. The others seem to have a disarranged face. Looking at the women and children as a whole, they look fertile

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