Guernica by Pablo Picasso

The above image, as you can already see in the posting title, is Guernica, by Pablo Picasso.

What feeling does the painting evoke you?

For me, honestly, nothing. :P And it doesn't help that the image is very small, while the actual painting is meant to be seen in its actual grandeur of 3.5 meter and 7.8 meter wide. I don't really understand paintings. So that's why I don't usually feature paintings in this blog. And it's really hard for me to understand this Pablo Picasso's masterpiece in the above.

According to Wikipedia, Guernica shows the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts upon individuals, particularly innocent civilians. This work has gained a monumental status, becoming a perpetual reminder of the tragedies of war, an anti-war symbol, and an embodiment of peace.

This painting can be seen in the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid. Picasso's purpose in painting it, was to bring to the world's attention the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica by German bombers, who were supporting the Nationalist forces of General Franco during the Spanish Civil War.

Anyway, enough with the background.

Below, however, is a clever way to make us amateur art enthusiasts to actually be able to capture what Picasso really means with his painting, and to make us see the details that usually would be just skipped at the first glance. And to really appreciate the masterpiece. :)


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