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Guernica: Biography of a Twentieth Century Icon

by Gijs van Hensbergen
£12.99   paperback  Bloomsbury (2005)

Guernica: Biography of a Twentieth Century Icon by Gijs van Hensbergen Of all the great paintings in the world, Picasso's Guernica has had a more direct impact on our consciousness than perhaps any other. This absorbing and revealing book tells the story of this masterpiece, from its origin in the destruction of the Basque town of Gernika in the Spanish Civil War, through its time as a weapon in the propaganda battle against Fascism, and its later role both as the nucleus of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and as the detonator for the Big Bang of Abstract Expressionism in the late 1940s, to its long contested but eventually triumphant return to Spain in 1981.

"Elegantly and passionately, van Hensbergen recreates the story of Picasso and his denunciation of war ... This history of a painting - how it was made, what it meant and what happened to it - is an astonishing achievement, a cornucopia of startlingly original insights ... compelling reading."
(Paul Preston - author of 'A Concise History of the Spanish Civil War')

ISBN 13: 9780747568735 | ISBN 10: 0747568731

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