Pablo Picasso painted one of his most celebrated and politically powerful pieces "Guernica" in response to the Nazi bombing of the Basque town of Guernica in April 1937. Aiding insurgents in the Spanish Civil War, German planes bombed and destroyed the town, indiscriminately killing women and children. The destruction of Guernica became a symbol of the lost liberties of the Basque people.Know More
Pablo Picasso was a Spanish native. During the bombing of Guernica in 1937, Picasso was working on a commissioned mural for the Paris Exhibition scheduled to begin the following summer. Within days after hearing about the Guernica bombing, he abandoned his first idea for the mural project and began working on "Guernica" instead. When his painting was unveiled at the Paris Exhibition later that summer, it did not garner much attention. It was not until later that Picasso's "Guernica" became a symbol of the devastating effects of war.
Following the Paris Exhibition, "Guernica" traveled around the world on a brief tour, gathering acclaim and bringing the Spanish Civil War to the attention of the world. Over time, "Guernica" became an anti-war symbol, an embodiment of peace and a reminder of the brutality, particularly upon innocent civilians, and the tragically destructive nature of war.Learn More
Leonardo da Vinci was best known for his paintings, drawings and technological designs. In addition to these he also worked as an architect and engineer and was reportedly a skilled musician.Full Answer >
Leonardo da Vinci painted "The Last Supper" on the wall of the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. Though other artists, including Domenico Ghirlandaio, Tiepolo and Fra Angelico, have painted the same event, Leonardo's version is the most famous.Full Answer >
Vincent Van Gogh's painting "Sunflowers" set records by being auctioned for $39.9 million at famed Christie's auction house in 1987. Adjusted for inflation, that price tag nearly doubles to approximately $74.5 million in 2014.Full Answer >
Vincent van Gogh was a post-impressionist painter who lived from 1853 to 1890. His paintings remain incredibly famous even to this day. He painted expressionist paintings, oil paintings, self-portraits, landscapes and much more, and his most famous work is arguably one of his earlier ones entitled "The Potato Eaters."Full Answer >