Pablo Picasso


is one of the most famous and well-documented artists of the twentieth century. Picasso, unlike most painters, is even more special because he did not confine himself to canvas, but also produced sculpture, poetry, and ceramics in profusion. Picasso painted for himself, as a release from the pressures of his society and as a way to express his thoughts and problems in tangible form. “My work is like a diary”, he would say to biographers and journalists (Mcdonald 7). For this reason, the events happening around the time of any of Picasso’s work must be understood before the true meaning of any resulting art can be understood.
In the time period directly before the painting of Bull's ...

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paintings, especially his great mural Guernica to "clearly express [his] abhorrence of the military caste which", he believed, had "sunk Spain [into] an ocean of pain and death” (Finke 52).
When the German air force bombed Guernica on April 36, 1937, Picasso was so moved by this tragedy that in just less than a month he had completed his monumental work, Guernica. As one looks at the overall movement in the painting, Guernica, they get a sense of frozen motion unlike what is typical of the futurism style of composition. The idea that everything came to a sudden halt with no time to come to a real rest. The one piece of evidence contrary to this is the soldier’s arm, which lies peacefully across the ground. The enormous 138" x 308" canvas was painted using only gray scale colors, which is said to be in coordination with the ink of the newspapers which often covered the bombings during the civil unrest in Spain. Picasso uses dominantly blacks and whites using value changes in few ...

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