Tuesday, May 22, 2012

And Picasso Painted Guernica by Alain Serres

After the Spanish town of Guernica was bombed the artist Picasso felt compelled to paint something that would capture the horror of the attack.  This book takes the reader through the lengthy process of creating "Guernica", showing all the stages involved.  It also presents a brief biography of Picasso's life focusing on his development as an artist even from a very young age.  One of the things that struck me the most was a painting Picasso did of his mother when he was just 13.  Although he is know for cubism and other unusual techniques, his earlier work shows his skill in more traditional styles as well.  The writing is a little dramatic or artsy but, then again, artsy people are sort of like that.  :-)