Picasso’s War: The Destruction of Guernica, and the Masterpiece That Changed the World

A military action and the artistic response that it engendered are the topics of this absorbing narrative. In late April 1937, Guernica, a remote Basque town in northern Spain, was pounded by Hitler’s Luftwaffe in support of Francisco Franco’s fascist insurgents. In the carnage that ensued, more than 1,600 civilians are killed or wounded. When the news reached Paris, world-famous painter Pablo Picasso decided to express his outrage and sorrow on canvas. The result is arguably the most famous painting of the 20th century.

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