Tuesday 28 January 2014

Preliminary Studies for Picasso's Guernica

While I was in the White Room Gallery in Leamington, enjoying the Bridget Riley exhibition which you can see here , I noticed some other prints on the floor which turned out to be prints of Picasso's preliminary studies for Guernica.

Picasso made 45 sketches between May 1 and June 4 1937. Some stand on their own as complete drawings and some are very rough sketches - one is drawn on wrapping paper and you can see that one below. Dora Maar took photographs of the different stages of his work on the composition

Apologies for the poor quality of the photographs - I did my best, but there was too much reflection.





The sketches were published by Unesco and the European Council as an homage to all those who work for world peace.



  1. Thanks for showing these. A few years ago I read a fascinating book about the painting, its development and its effects: Guernica: the biography of a twentieth century icon. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Guernica-Twentieth-century-Gijs-van-Hensbergen/dp/0747568731/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390919677&sr=1-2&keywords=Guernica

    1. Thanks for the link, Olga. I will look into it as it would be good to read a good analysis/history of this seminal work of art - it's one of those paintings that everyone likes despite its harrowing imagery and content.