Essay on Critical Analysis - Picasso's Guernica

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Critical Analysis of Guernica - By Bryce Craig

Spanish artist Pablo Picasso can often be collectively seen as the greatest and most influential artist of the twentieth century. In a historical sense he encompassed all that is to be a practicing modernist artist and prevailed as one of the most significant artists overall in human history. Picasso’s most well renowned painting presents to his audience a graphic reflection of the horrors and brutality of war; Guernica (1937) depicts the Spanish town of the same name being torn apart by the explosive fury that was the German air raid on the innocent and unaware village during the Spanish Civil War. The painting is currently housed in the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid yet also has a reputable
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Through his training he became proficient in countless fields but was predominately a painter and famously explored the Cubist movement. Cubism was an art movement developed in the early 20th century that was concerned with the dissembling of images and their analytical or synthetic reconstruction, as well as the refinement of detail and emphasis on bold shape. Picasso found artists such as Delacroix, Cezanne and Manet extremely influential, as well as his artistic father, Jose Blasco. Through his challenging of convention to his persistent experimentation of concepts he created some of the greatest artworks of the 20th century, such as The Old Guitarist, 1903, Les Demoiselles d’ Avignon, 1907 and his most well-known piece Guernica, 1937.

The audiences of Guernica, 1937 are presented with a chilling message of the terrors of war and its traumatic impact on humanity; this is the understood function of Picasso’s iconic painting, to evoke emotional response and educate the public of the event. Picasso wished to express his anti-war message to the people, and what more of an opportunity would he have then being commissioned earlier that year to create an artwork for the 1937 World’s Fair, Paris. After the initial exhibition the work went on tour and has ending up in many different…

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