Guernica picasso meaning

Description & Analysis of Picasso's Guernica: An Anti War Message At its most simple, Guernica is a war painting. Giant in its size and scope, the painting documents the pervasive and widespread devastation, death and chaos caused by war.






Picasso did not assign meaning to the images in Guernica: however, these images inspire the observer to create their own war story with heroes, villains, oppressors and martyrs. Furthermore, a tapestry of Guernica hangs in the United Nations building as an icon for the antithesis of war.

The original painting created by Picasso was a response to the Nazi bombing of Guernica, Spain and most would consider the artwork to be one of the most iconic anti-war paintings in history.

Guernica, in full Guernica y Luno, official Spanish-Basque composite Gernika-Lumo, city, just northeast of Bilbao, Vizcaya provincia (province), in the comunidad autónoma (autonomous community) of Basque Country, northern Spain. The city, on the Río de Plencia (Butrón) near the inlet of the Bay of Biscay, is the statutory capital of the former lordship of Vizcaya, sacred to the Basques.