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GUERNICA AND “GUERNICA”

PABLO PICASSO WAS INTERVIEWED by two American journalists soon after Guernica was installed. He discussed politics from his vantage point as an artist:

As to the future of Spanish art, this much I can say to my friends in America. The contribution of the people’s struggle will be enormous. No one can deny the vitality and the youth which the struggle will bring to Spanish art. Something new and strong which the consciousness of this magnificent epic will sow in the soul of Spanish artists will undoubtedly appear in their works. The contribution of the purest human values to a renascent art will be one of the greatest conquests of the Spanish people.

In the winter of 1937 Picasso had been commissioned to make a mural for a wall which would be adjacent to the entrance of the Spanish Loyalist Pavilion being built under the direction of Jose Luis Sert and Luis Lacasa for the Paris Exposition of

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