Tuesday, February 1, 2011
This painting was done by Pablo Picasso in 1937. Medium is oil on canvas and the painting hangs in the Reina Sophia in Madrid, Spain. This painting is a well known masterpiece of Picasso, even having a magazine and songs named after it. The first time I saw it, the first thing that came to mind was chaos. The figures, including the animals all seem to be in such panic. After doing some research, I found out that this painting was done in response to a bombing during the Spanish Civil War. Not only is Picasso trying to portray chaos, but suffering, especially innocent civilian and even animal suffering. I also found out that a model of this painting can be found at the United Nations, likely to serve as a reminder of what is possible when peace is not kept.