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Guernica - Analysis
Transcript of Guernica - Analysis
To the far left side of the artwork there is an image of a Bull, Women and Child. The Bull is above her and the child is laying in her arms.
There is a central image of a horse in distress. There is a spear in the horse.
Below the horse there is a disembodied soldier with a broken sword in his hand.
Above the horse, positioned in the middle top, is a sun with an eye within.
To the right of the horse, a following women is portrayed.
Directly above her is a women holding a lamp out to the center of the artwork The minotaur or bull is a reoccurring image or symbol within Picasso’s work.
The Bull could be a symbol of dominance over the woman, being recessive.
The women can be seen as the Spanish people, and the bull is a symbol of the Government, who killed their own people.
The bull is trying to steal the baby from the mother which is a symbol of the stealing of freedom. Picasso made reference to the bible, tarot cards and other artworks of this time. The Sun is a symbol of the All Seeing Eye of god.
The distressed horse with a spear in its back symbolises the pain felt from the Spanish people. The Horse is a symbol of pride and the Spanish culture.
The spear penetrating, shows that the Spanish culture is being killed. Being distressed and a symbol of the Spanish people, it is a clear symbol that the spanish people were worried and distressed about the war. This can be seen as a symbol of many things. It is an appropriation of a modern concept, Lady Liberty, shining a light among the darkness.
This is a symbol of new life after the war and protection against the government.
It can also be seen as a reference to the bible, “Let God’s light shine in Darkness”, this is a symbol of the darkness, being the war, tried to make better with the light. This is a direct symbol towards the war in Spain. It shows how society has fallen and been broken down.
It symbolises the death of the people, being tortured and killed.
It is a symbol of the fallen warrior and death. This is a direct appropriation of Francisco Goya’s the third of May.
This is a symbol of the pain and war theme within his/her image. It is a symbol of being scared, frantic and distressed.
The tower in which the woman is standing out of is a symbol of the Tarot Card: The Tower. In Tarot cards it is a symbol of War, depression and Destruction.