Picasso's War. The Destruction of Guernica, and The Masterpiece That Changed The World by Russell Martin

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A military action and the artistic response that it engendered are the topics of this absorbing narrative. In late April 1937, Guernica, a remote Basque town in northern Spain, was pounded by Hitler's Luftwaffe in support of Francisco Franco's fascist insurgents. In the carnage that ensued, more than 1,600 civilians are killed or wounded. When the news reached Paris, world-famous painter Pablo Picasso decided to express his outrage and sorrow on canvas. The result is arguably the most famous painting of the 20th century.
 

About Russell Martin

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Russell Martin is the author of six previous books, including Beethoven's Hair, which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and a Washington Post Book of the Year.
 
Published January 1, 2002 by Dutton Books. New York.
Genres: . Non-fiction

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Picasso watched closely from his adopted Paris as the Spanish Civil War unfolded, and when German bombers leveled the Basque village of Guernica, the previously apolitical Picasso felt stirred to action.

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Beginning with the German bombing of Gernika in the Basque countryside of Spain, Martin describes the events and topical inspiration that soon had Picasso, living in Paris as he had for more than thirty years, thinking about the composition of a painting that would be displayed at the Paris fair...

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