Picasso's Guernica Author:Anthony Blunt The painting "Guernica" is Picasso's major statement on the horror or war, and a masterpiece of the twentieth century. It is a complex painting, but our understanding of it is helped by the preservation of forty-five preliminary studies, all except one dated to a precise day, and by the preservation of seven photographs of the actual painting a... more »t various stages of its realization.
In this short, well-illustrated, and authoritative book, based on the Whidden Lectures at McMaster University, Ontario, Sir Anthony Blunt traces with meticulous care the course of the painting's growth through these sketches--which are, at the same time, fine works of art in their own right. He places "Guernica" within the context of Picasso's other work, with particular regard to his many bullfight compositions, his Minotaur compositions, and a pair of interesting etchings called "Dream and Lie of Franco."« less