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 Top 10 Most Controversial Artworks of All Time

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.

Guernica es la parte norte de Alemania. Fue el 26 de abril de 1937

Guernica es la parte norte de Alemania. Fue el 26 de abril de 1937

The Luftwaffe’s Trial Run – 1937 Bombing of Guernica

The Luftwaffe’s Trial Run – 1937 Bombing of Guernica

Pablo Picasso works on ‘Guernica’, commissioned by the Spanish Republicans in 1937 after the aerial bombing of Guernica by the Nationalists, Luftwaffe, and Italian Aviazione Legionaria. Because a majority of Guernica’s men were away fighting, the...

Pablo Picasso works on ‘Guernica’, commissioned by the Spanish Republicans in 1937 after the aerial bombing of Guernica by the Nationalists, Luftwaffe, and Italian Aviazione Legionaria. Because a majority of Guernica’s men were away fighting, the...

Luftwaffe 1 kg incendiary bomb dated 1936/ To meet these objectives, two Heinkel He 111s, one Dornier Do 17, eighteen Ju 52 Behelfsbomber, and three Italian SM.79s (Corpo Truppe Volontarie) were assigned for the mission. These were armed with medium high explosive bombs (250 kg), light explosive bombs (50 kg) and incendiaries (1 kg). The ordnance load for the twenty four bombers was twenty-two tons in total.

Luftwaffe 1 kg incendiary bomb dated 1936/ To meet these objectives, two Heinkel He 111s, one Dornier Do 17, eighteen Ju 52 Behelfsbomber, and three Italian SM.79s (Corpo Truppe Volontarie) were assigned for the mission. These were armed with medium high explosive bombs (250 kg), light explosive bombs (50 kg) and incendiaries (1 kg). The ordnance load for the twenty four bombers was twenty-two tons in total.

The number of victims of the attack is still disputed; the Basque government reported 1,654 people killed, although modern figures suggest between 126 (later revised by the authors of the study to 153 and 400 civilians died. Russian archives reveal 800 deaths on 1 May 1937, but this number may not include victims who later died of their injuries in hospitals or whose bodies were discovered buried in the rubble. The bombing was the subject of a famous anti-war painting by Pablo Picasso.

The number of victims of the attack is still disputed; the Basque government reported 1,654 people killed, although modern figures suggest between 126 (later revised by the authors of the study to 153 and 400 civilians died. Russian archives reveal 800 deaths on 1 May 1937, but this number may not include victims who later died of their injuries in hospitals or whose bodies were discovered buried in the rubble. The bombing was the subject of a famous anti-war painting by Pablo Picasso.

Pinterest
Search