Guernica is a powerful, political painting by Picasso as a protest against war.
The painting captures the destruction of a village in Northern Spain as part of the Spanish Civil War.
Political Meaning behind Guernica
Picasso produced the painting shortly after the attack, which was led by German and Italian warplanes whose respective governments were supporting the Fascist regime in Spain.
The artist's views were expressed in this piece about a specific air campaign which he was very concerned about, but this painting has since become a symbol of anti-war campaigning more generally.
Picasso, like many others, viewed the attack as both unecessary and also indescriminant. Perhaps even evil. Art and music have long been used as a demonstration tool for all manner of political campaigns, with anti-war being one of the most common.
The symbolic use of Bulls and Horses in this painting are not easy to intepret. The artist used them continuously throughout his career, and would attach different meanings to them under different contexts. As such, it is difficult to be confident on his reasons for using them here.
Historical Ownership and Location of the Painting
The Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain holds this important painting although it also was held at MOMA in the United States for several years. It's politial statement made it impossible to display in Spain during the reign of Fascism there.
Picasso sensibly ruled that this painting should never appear in Spain before liberty had been restored as he knew it would be destroyed or confiscated whilst the existing ruling powers remained.
Picasso toured the completed Guernica around the worldin order to bring the Spanish Civil War to the world's attention. It was one thing to create this masterpiece, but it's impact would only be maximised by effective promotional activities.
Stages of Development of Guernica
Buying your own Guernica Art Print Reproduction
Guernica Picasso prints are some of the most popular reproductions from the career of Pablo Picasso, and you can see Guernica below where it is available to buy now from the links above and below the picture.
This particular painting is also one of the finest works from famous Spanish artist Picasso who specialised in several different art movements, including Cubism and other contemporary art movements.
This painting is available to buy as an art print from Art.com, who are our recommended retailer who we have actually used regularly ourselves. Art.com sell Guernica framed and unframed art prints, posters and stretched canvases as well as many other works from his illustrious career.
Picasso's career took in a wealth of different mediums and movements, including painting, ceramics plus traditional and modern art which ensures his work can appeal to so many different art enthusiasts.
Guernica is personally one of our favourite Picasso prints of all those that you might consider adding to your wall at home.