Saturday November 28, 2020

Artistic licence

The art of punishment

21st November, 2009

As a technical exercise, Pablo Picasso’s Guernica was the culmination of the artist’s long years of development and experiment, but its inspiration lay in the bombing of the Basque town by the Luftwaffe in 1937.

When the planes of the Condor Legion poured their lethal payload of blast, splinter and fire bombs onto the small town, up to 400 people died. While it encouraged the Third Reich to go on to pursue...

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