Pablo Picasso's controversial "Guernica" is a political statement. This paintings illustrates an immediate reaction to the Nazi's casual bombing during the Spanish Civil War. This painting is an antiwar symbol, and a reminder of the tragedies. Guernica interpretations vary widely. There are also critics warn against trusting the political message.
The Guernica-When Picasso started to paint his protest at the bombing of Guernica, the ancient Basque capital, by Hitler's air force on behalf of Franco in the Spanish Civil War, he was at the height of his powers. Thirty years after painting his subversive modernist grenade of a picture Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, his cubist intelligence was now enriched by the mythology and poetry unleashed by the surrealist movement. He also looked back to such historical paintings as Raphael's Fire in…
Civilians beginning the long task of clearing the ruins of Dresden Frausenkirche in 1952. One of the most important Lutheran churches in Dresden, it was completely destroyed in an Allied bombing raid in February 1945. Its rebuilding was finished in 2004; the interior in 2005 and was reconsecrated in October the same year.
Letter from Picasso in Support of Spanish Refugees, 1951 / dating coincides with the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the Spanish Republic and with the fourteenth anniversary of the first news reports of the bombing of Guernica in 1937. Apart from its rich political content, the letter is of further interest as it was mailed covertly to protect its recipient from the FBI, who since 1945 had been investigating Picasso's activities due to his outspoken support of Communism.