Guernica

By Pablo Picasso

The following information is provided as the long description of ‘Guernica’, an art by Pablo Picasso:

Testimony of War by Pablo Picasso

On April 27, 1937, unprecedented atrocities are perpetrated on behalf of Franco against the civilian population of a little Basque village in northern Spain. Chosen for bombing practice by Hitler's burgeoning war machine, the hamlet is pounded with high-explosive and incendiary bombs for over three hours. Townspeople are cut down as they run from the crumbling buildings. Guernica burns for three days. Sixteen hundred civilians are killed or wounded.

By May 1st, news of the massacre at Guernica reaches Paris, where more than a million protesters flood the streets to voice their outrage in the largest May Day demonstration the city has ever seen. Eyewitness reports fill the front pages of Paris papers. Picasso is stunned by the stark black and white photographs. Appalled and enraged, Picasso rushes through the crowded streets to his studio, where he quickly sketches the first images for the mural he will call Guernica.

Other Picasso links:
Pablo Picasso: Le site officiel — URL: http://www.picasso.fr/
Picasso Project by Dr. Enrique Mallen — URL: http://www.tamu.edu/mocl/picasso/

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