Guernica : the biography of a twentieth-century icon

Van Hensbergen, Gijs

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  • Creator Gijs van Hensbergen
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication First U.S. edition. New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2004.
  • Physical Details
    • 373 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 9781582341248, 1582341249
  • OCLC ocm55885303


  • "Of all the great paintings in the world, the story of Pablo Picasso's Guernica may tell us more about the last century's history than any other. In this book Gijs van Hensbergen explores the life of this cultural icon from its birth to the present day. He tells the story of the painting's beginnings, amid the turmoil of the Spanish Civil War, and of its use as a weapon in the propaganda battle against Fascism. The painting travels overseas to become the nucleus of the Museum of Modern Art collection in New York City, influencing such artists as Jackson Pollock and becoming the catalyst for American abstract expressionism. Finally, as van Hensbergen movingly describes, Guernica takes on a new role as a symbol of reconciliation for Spain after the death of Franco, and returns to that country as democracy is reestablished."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages [349]-353) and index.


  • 1. The nightmare made real -- 2. A silent requiem -- 3. Homer at the Whitechapel -- 4. To the new world -- 5. The death of Paris -- 6. The big bang -- 7. Reds under the beds -- 8. The silent resistance -- 9. Operacion Retorno -- 10. The homecoming -- 11. The final journey
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