A truly interesting story of an artist, a town, a nation, and a masterpiece of modern art. The author does a wonderful job of setting the scene in 1930s Spain, a country tormented by a brutal civil war, and then brings in Pablo Picasso and the work he painted for the Spanish pavilion at the Paris World's Fair, immediately after the Basque town of Guernica was air-bombed by Germans sympathetic to the Spanish Fascists. This book illuminates a time and a place that most of us know very little about, and shows us why the painting "Guernica" still resonates today.
Excellent account of Picasso's famous mural which depicted the destruction of the Spanish town of Guernica by Nazi fighter pilots. This mural stood as a testament on the evils of modern warfare and fascism and is now located in the UN headquarters. Covers both the events that inspired the painter, public reaction to the events and the history and politics of the painting since that point. Written in a lively and accesible style.