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Sean Novak Prof Carlos Hidalgo October 4 2000 On October 25 1881 Pablo Picasso was born into the care of his parents Jose Ruiz and Maria Picasso Pablo chose the last name of his mother merely because it was much more unique than his fathers which exaggerated the boys unique nature from the start of his life As an artistic prodigy Picasso at the age of 14 completed the one-month qualifying examination of the Academy of Fine Arts in Barcelona in one day From there he went to the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid He was mainly known for his development in abstract and cubism art forms Throughout his long 91 years of life Picasso composed many amazing paintings and other works of art The painting of Guernica is one of Picassos most distinguished paintings To better understand the unusual composition we will describe all of its components analyze what those components mean to the author and what they mean to other critics One of Pablo Picassos most famous and most important works historically is Guernica Picasso composed this picture on a commission for the Spanish Pavilion of the Paris Worlds Fair in 1937 He named and painted the picture after the Nazi bombing of a Basque town named Guernica on April 26 1937 It was painted on a canvas measuring 11 feet and six inches by 25 feet and eight inches To better analyze the painting one must first break the composition down to its main elements This will not only make the cluttered composition easier to see but it will allow for a better interpretation of its meaning First of all the total area and backdrop of the scene is very Novak 2 shallow The painting is also very condensed and crowded in nature The lamp towards the top suggests that the scene is enclosed in a house or some other structure However to the far right of
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