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Guernica Painting - After Guernica by Michelle Barone

After Guernica is a painting by Michelle Barone which was uploaded on March 30th, 2010.

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Guernica was a revolution for Picasso, an attempt to create a work unlike anything he had attempted before, a work that would shock the world at the World's Fair in 1937. About the Guernica, he said, "there is a deliberate appeal to people, a deliberate sense of propaganda....I am a Communist and my painting is a Communist painting." There was a belief among artists at the time that art could be revolutionary, change public opinion, and even end violence, much like rock musicians thought they could do in the 60s. Guernica was an ego show. As Sartre said, "Sometimes high-minded artists try to move us....And that masterpiece, Guernica, does anyone think it won over a single heart to the Spanish cause?" And Robert Hughes, "It is hard to think of any work of art that has saved the life of one Jew, one Vietnamese, one Cambodian. The difference between us and the artists of the 1920s is that they thought such a work of art could be made."

@ Richard, Guernica is a "failure" because Picasso failed to convey the horrors of war well enough to end all wars? What exactly did his "ego" have to do with this? And this makes Guernica any less powerful, or diminishes it in any way? Really??

This is wonderful work, and reminds me Picasso's master piece! Well done!

very powerful

Stunning and powerful work...good luck in the contest!

Though the average art lover might think Picasso was the greatest artist of the 20th Century, they might not know that "Guernica" was his supposed masterpiece, which many considered to be a great failure. It was painted with the intention of conveying such horror for war that no one would ever go to war again. This is what Picasso's ego did for him. I dare say that the average art lover today couldn't identify the original images in this painting from those of subsequent wars, i.e., Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq. Bravo, Michelle.

Oh my, I remember this well. Such a tragedy and a travesty.

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