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I started ”Great Art Explained” during lockdown. My aim is to make videos which focus on one great artwork. I want to present art in a jargon free, entertaining, clear and concise way with no gimmicks.
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Guernica is the most famous anti-war painting in history, and Picasso’s best-known work. It has gone from a piece that was created in protest at the horrific bombing of a small village in northern Spain, to an icon and a universal symbol of freedom from ALL wars. Picasso said, “We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth”, and like so much of Picasso’s work it can be difficult to decipher the ‘truth’ in the political, artistic and religious symbolism.
James Payne looks at some of the more acknowledged interpretations along with techniques, composition and artistic inspiration. Guernica is a masterpiece that always leaves the viewer with more than they brought to it, and here, Great Art Explained, traces the work from its underwhelming reception when first seen in 1937, through to its status over eighty years later as one of the most influential and iconic works of all time.
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I put in my own English subtitles but rely on volunteers for others. Thanks to:
Chinese Subtitles by Charles Xiu
Greek Subtitles by Dimitris Grammenos
Picasso: A Biography – Patrick O’Brian
Guernica: Painting the End of the World – James Attlee
Picasso’s Guernica revisited – Alice Tankard
A Life of Picasso – John Richardson
Picasso – The Legacy
Intro music: JS Bach “Sonata for violin solo No.1 in G Minor”