Guemica, 1937 by Pablo Picasso

This image is from –

Hart, D. Picasso’s Guernica. [Online] Available at: [Accessed 24th December 2010]

This image is taken in response to the bombing of Guemica during the Spanish civil war. It shows the ideology that the communists and fascists were discontented with each other due to the war. It shows that there was pain and suffering involved by the way the figures in the painting look dismembered. It looks surreal, as people at that time didn’t know what was going to happen next. It appears to be very chaotic which is what you would expect it to be like during an outbreak of war. It is showing that people died in the most excruciating way and probably on top of others who were injured and dying too. It also shows a mythical creature which was probably a motif to a belief, as suggested by the website (Pablo Picasso, His Life and Art), that there was major destruction happening and that ‘the bull probably represents the onslaught of Fascism.’ The eye probably represents God watching over the people and their belief that he will bring them hope, due to many Spanish people being Catholic and believing in God.

Bibliography –

Pablo Picasso – His Life and Art, 2008. Guernica. [Online] Available at: [Accessed 24th December 2010]

By Charlotte Rowley – level 4


4 Responses to ideology

  1. Continuing the theme that Charlotte raised, could war be seen as an extreme reaction to a person’s/groups ideology?

    This Nazi Propoganda poster with the dagger through the Torah and the words ‘This is your enemy’ clearly shows the hatred towards the Jewish race Hitler had and how he tried to influence Germans to think in this way also.

    Was World War 2 not a reaction to Hitler’s Ideology? Britian, France, Italy and America didn’t believe what Hitler was doing was right, they themselves had a different ideology which they thought was correct. He needed to be stopped and the only way to do that after other options had been ruled out was through physical force.

  2. Saiyme Gultekin says:

    Sexuality is a ideology explored in much of modern art and has become something that although portrayed in previous art movements i.e. renaissance art with the portrayal of the Good and bad women. However sex and sexuality is something that has dominated many institutions such as the media, advertiseing and the music industry use sex as an aid to sell a product and we are as a society getting saturated with these images. Jenny Saville is an artists that explores gender labelling and sexuality. Her painting, Passage is an exploration of gender and the modern phenomanon of trans-sexuals which has only been made possible by the development of modern technologies . The possibilities and realities of being a transexual i feel makes the image more powerful, if the idea was impossible in reality then i dont think it would make the viewer ask so many questions and question there own belief system. Salvador Dali’s Great Masturbator, is another example of ideas about sexuality being explored very openly, reflecting his own personal issues with sex and also as a society our desentiseation with the subject of sex

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