from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A town in the Basque region of north-central Spain northeast of Bilbao. Its April 1937 bombing by German planes during the Spanish Civil War inspired one of Picasso's most famous paintings. Population: 16,000.


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  • To me, Guernica is a perfect illustration of the power of Modernism.

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  • The Spanish Civil War was also an example of total war, where the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica by the Legión Cóndor, as depicted by Pablo Picasso in Guernica, foreshadowed episodes of World War II such as the bombing campaign on Britain by the Nazis and the bombing of Dresden by the Allies.

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  • It’s vitriolic and furious — "Palestine’s Guernica" is half of the title — and shouldn’t surprise anyone.

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  • How can anyone say that Picasso’s Guernica is not art?

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  • Random's horse reared and neighed, massive, apocalyptic, instantly recalling Guernica to my mind.

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  • This was bad news for a Basque city called Guernica and 1500 or 6000 or 16,000 of it's inhabitants.

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  • "Guernica," after also living at MoMA for four decades, went to the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid in 1981.

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  • Extend the chronology one year beyond the Berlin Games to 1937 and the exhibition would have had to deal with the Spanish Pavilion of the Paris World's Fair, which included Picasso's "Guernica," Joan Mir ó 's "The Reaper," and Julio Gonz á lez's "Monserrat" — all works that matched the intensity of Sironi's and Riefenstahl's engagement by ardently advocating against the Fascists and Nazis.

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  • He 's known for painting wall-sized scenes that sparkle with color yet hint at the violence of war; his best works blend the cryptic imagery of Picasso' s "Guernica" with Francis Bacon 's painterly gestures.

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  • A case in point would be the tapestry of Picasso's "Guernica" at the United Nations building in New York, commissioned by Nelson Rockefeller 16 years after Picasso unveiled the original mural.

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