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- Nov 2016
Picasso created Guernica to express his outrage at the bombing of the undefended town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). German bombers, supported by Spanish Nationalist leader Francisco Franco, destroyed the Basque town on April 26, 1937. There were many casualties, mostly women, children, and elderly people. Guernica, a town with little strategic importance, was attacked by the Germans to test the effects of bombing civilian targets in an effort to demoralize the enemy.
Pablo Picasso took a huge stand in history when he painted the feelings of loss during the bombings in Spain. This painting resemblance the pain and loss the city of Guernica felt when they where bombed unfairly and brutally. Pablo Picasso felt this disloyalty and painted it with grey-ish tones and pieced together piles of bodies which demonstrates this pain. He took a huge stand in history while painting this painting by creating a painting that touches heart of millions.