Picasso Painting Guernica
Picasso’s Guernica can be considered stemming from the cubist era of art. Notice the simple shapes he uses to construct this moment in history. Cylinders, triangles, squares, rectangles and circles make up his heavily weighted piece, massive in size and only black, white and gray. He depicts despair in the time of the Spanish civil war. As he paints two lights, a candle and a bulb he offers hope and yet fear with one knife. Notice the offset eyes of some of his characters, crazed with fear. He also paints the all knowing eye at the lower left. Although Spain is a united country, the Basque region of northern Spain exists as a linguistic phenomenon given that the language spoken is nothing like French nor Spanish. The city of Bilboa lies in the central Basque region, assumingly named after Spanish Catholic explorer, Vasco de Balboa. There seems to be ground for assumption that the Basques are descendence from the aboriginal race of Europe. The language curiously has only two conjugations; “to be” and the other to express “to have” and encompasses as many as 25 dialects. A portion of their pride must surely be accredited to their resilience to a Roman attempt to impose a new language. The Basque provences also encompassed the center of the iron mining regions of Spain, yet their language was not condusive to all allies formed during the civil war. Nonetheless, a complex network of factions within his country likely drove Picasso to look to France, his canvas and his pigment for an attempt to discover personal solace.