Guernica: Painting the End of the World - The Landmark Library 5 (Hardback)James Attlee (author)
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Pablo Picasso had already accepted a commission in 1937 to create a work for the Spanish Republican Pavilion at the Paris World Fair when news arrived of the assault by the German Condor Legion on the undefended Basque town of Guernica, in which hundreds of civilians died.
James Attlee offers an illuminating account of the genesis, creation and many-stranded afterlife of Picasso's Guernica. He explores the historical context from which it sprang; the artistic influences that informed its execution; the critical responses that it elicited; its journeyings across Europe and America in the late 1930s; its post-war adoption by new generations of anti-war protestors; and its eventual return to Spain following the death of Franco.
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Number of pages: 248
Dimensions: 200 x 135 mm
'Attlee digs up rich examples of the debate and devotion that invariably attended the paining ... Guernica literature abounds; but this book is a worthwhile addition' The Spectator.
'[James Attlee's] slim book, which is clearly written and beautifully produced, both updates the tale and adds something fresh to the mix ... Attlee's book helps you appreciate [Guernica's] daring and resonance' Literary Review.
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