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Guernica - Analysis

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martin wahbe

on 22 June 2011

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Transcript of Guernica - Analysis

Guernica This is one of Picasso's artworks which should be included in the next essay. Background of Picasso Description of Artwork Signs and Symbols Picasso was born in Spain, in a time where he was influenced by War His works can be seen through a Post Modern Frame Went through many stages, portraying his life including: Blue Period, Rose Period and Cubism Well Known for Cubsim, creating artworks such as Guernica Guernica was painted within the Cubism period of Picasso's life. Cubism is the move to abstraction Uses black, white and dark colours to create a gloomy mood to express sorrow and pain.

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.
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