Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Anti-War Painting - Pablo Picasso's Guernica.

Rememberance Sunday was three days ago and this morning the College  commerates the people who died in WWI with the Act of Rememberance in Chapel Square. There are many works of art which portray the theme of war. One such painting is the depiction of the massacre of Guernica by Pablo Picasso.

 Picasso's Guernica is considered one of the greatest paintings of the 20th Century. It is one of the most celebrated anti-war paintings. The painting depicts Picasso's reaction to the atrocities suffered by the people of Guernica when it was bombed in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. However, it has become a symbol for the misery suffered in all wars.

The video link below brings to life, the Pieta-like figure of the grief-stricken woman holding her child and the screaming horse. The image of a figure holding a lamp is often considered to be a symbol of enlightenment.