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Pablo Picasso is one of the twentieth centurys most famous and inspirational artists Few artists have lived as long as Picasso and none have produced the amount of work in such a variety of styles and medias as him Much of Picassos work is classified according to periods depending on what his style was at that particular period He is known for his Blue period in which he expressed human misery through painting with only shades of blue During the Rose period he moved onto happier themes in which he used shades of pink and red He also went through a Cubist period and a Neoclassical period Picasso produced work in painting sculpture prints murals and ceramics regardless of the medium he was always in demand During the year 1937 Picasso agreed to paint the centerpiece for The Spanish Pavilion of the 1937 Worlds Fair For months Picasso was searching for inspiration for the mural distracted by his sullen mood and dissatisfaction of his work he continued to put it off This came to an end on April 28 1937 In less than two months Picasso had created Guernica modern arts most powerful antiwar statement To fully appreciate the intensity and power of Guernica it is imperative to understand the story that precedes it The attack on Guernica was planned on a Monday market day in the village most of the population would be out in town Church bells began to ring warning of the approaching aircraft Germanys best-equipped bombers dumped more than one hundred thousand pounds of high explosive bombs onto the village of Guernica People began to scurry into shelters only to find out that the shelters were not strong enough to withstand the powerful bombing that lasted three hours Entire families were burned or buried in the ruins of the village along with their cattle and sheep When the fires subsided three days later the center of Guernica had been completely destroyed
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