On April 26, 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, German war planes, supporting the Nationalist forces of Francisco Franco, bombed the Basque town of Guernica, killing women and children in an act of intimidation.  (Most of the men, according to Wikipedia, were away fighting for the Republicans.)  There was no chance for them to escape.  Outraged at this, Pablo Picasso, commissioned by the Republican government to paint a mural for the upcoming 1937 World’s Exposition in Paris, scrapped his original plans, and blasted off one of the most searing indictments of modern war ever seen in art:  Guernica.  It is said that, while Picasso was living in Paris during the occupation, a German army officer looked at a picture of this painting and asked the artist, “Did you do this?”  Bravely, and because he was Picasso, he replied, “No; you did.”

This is not that painting, but a recreation in prims, on exhibit in the LEA sims, executed by London Junkers and Lizzie Gudkov.  As you can see, this rendition loses very little of the agony of the original.  In these war-filled times, a study of this single act of protest may profit us all.

Posted November 17, 2012 by Harper Ganesvoort in Arts

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