Guernica and Garden of Earthly Delights
Sorry to do this to you so soon after the disturbing Ensor painting, but G was too good to resist.
Art doesn’t have to be beautiful to be valuable or to be considered art at all. Some of the most powerful and meaningful works of art are nothing of the kind; their power comes from an ugliness through which the artist expresses a particular view of the world. Today I share two of the most famous pieces of what I like to call “stunning ugly art”.
Guernica, Pablo Picasso, 1937
This painting was Picasso’s response to the bombing of the town of Guernica in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Picasso painted in tones of black, white, and gray, and the painting is terrifying and hypnotic. It shows a chaotic scramble of human and animal faces and bodies caught in the midst of screams of agony and bewilderment. It’s now recognized as one of art’s most powerful antiwar statements.
Tomorrow, for those who stick with me, I promise something beautiful and sublime!