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Pablo Picasso's "Guernica"

An informal analysis of Pablo Picasso's "Guernica" is given. This solution describes its "observable properties of matter." .

This piece is then discussed in terms of historical research. Tell us what the painting means, why Picasso made the artistic choices he did, and the scholarly/critical reception it had. You may discuss its style, symbolism, politics and philosophy. You may compare it to similar paintings made around the same time (1937) by Picasso or his colleagues. What makes this work so important?

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Since I went to Spain for Spring Break, this piece has personal relevance for me as well!

First, as you begin with a formal analysis of Pablo Picasso's Guernica, and react to its "observable properties of matter," to me, his work functions as an overall symbolic, artistic protest to the terrorism at and injustices at Guernica. This symbolism is also evident from his use of lines. For example, the shapes , forms, spaces, and bodily postures also seem to typify protestations. His use of colors, too, evoke a somber mood as he applies black, white, and gray paints.

Symbolism permeates strongly. For example, he uses flaming buildings and eroding walls also to show the misuse of power during this civil war. His texture of newspaper print seems to denote how Picasso and the world at large became aware of this tragic event.
learned of the massacre. His use of symbolism also seems to infuse science as the light bulb might signify the sun.
The broken sword could symbolize the citizens' failure to defeat the evil regime. Some ...

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Pablo Picasso's "Guernica" is briefly described using references and notes.