Pablo Picasso`s 1937 Masterpiece


PabloPicasso`s 1937 Masterpiece

PabloPicasso`s 1937 Masterpiece

Guernicapainting is agreeable in all respects and all the context of war. Infact the choice of the contents of content of the paintingssymbolizes the potentiality of war in inflicting suffering anddespondency on humanity. There was no better way that the bombing ofcould have been portrayed other than what Picasso did in his masterywork of art. The statement, “Guernica at the Whitechapel by PabloPicasso,” is correct in the historical context. It must bereferring to the display of the paining in London in1939, wherepeople donated boots to be sent to Spain during the Civil war(Fisch &amp Picasso, 2008).The statement has a historical context through which it should beunderstood. It actually looks and sounds like a newspaper headlinemeant to alert people to attend the Whitechapel Art galleryexhibition in London.

Thepainting is very relevant to in all contexts of time beyond theSpanish civil war. War is destructive no matter the existing militarytechnology. As the painting depicts, war inflicts pain on bothhumans and animals, and also destroys dwellings and property. Thefalling horse in the middle of the painting the grieving woman onthe left with, possibly, a dead child in her hands, the mutilatedsoldier lying dead under the falling horse show the turmoil of war(Van, 2005).The characters are both civilians and soldiers, showing that war isan entirely undesirable phenomenon that humanity should avoid. Thesame turmoil happens today when bombs are dropped on cities. Innocentcivilians and children die and suffer from the destruction of war.The Guernica painting is timeless because it summarizes theundesirability of war in manner that is understandable to allgenerations.


Fisch,E., &amp Picasso, P. (2008). Guernicaby Picasso: A Study of the Picture and Its Context.Bucknell University Press.

VanHensbergen, G. (2005). Guernica:The biography of a twentieth-century icon.Bloomsbury Publishing USA.