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The destruction of a town, and the creation of a masterpiece--On April 26, 1937, in the late afternoon of a busy market day in the Basque town of Gernika in northern Spain, the German Luftwaffe began the relentless bombing and machine-gunning of buildings and villagers at the request of General Francisco Franco and his rebel forces. Three-and-a-half hours later, the village lay in ruins, its population decimated. This act of terror and unspeakable cruelty--the first intentional, large-scale attack against a ...
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Picasso's War

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Overview

The destruction of a town, and the creation of a masterpiece--On April 26, 1937, in the late afternoon of a busy market day in the Basque town of Gernika in northern Spain, the German Luftwaffe began the relentless bombing and machine-gunning of buildings and villagers at the request of General Francisco Franco and his rebel forces. Three-and-a-half hours later, the village lay in ruins, its population decimated. This act of terror and unspeakable cruelty--the first intentional, large-scale attack against a nonmilitary target in modern warfare--outraged the world and one man in particular, Pablo Picasso. The renowned artist, an expatriate living in Paris, reacted immediately to the devastation in his homeland by creating the canvas that would become widely considered one of the greatest artworks of the twentieth century--Guernica. Weaving themes of conflict and redemption, of the horrors of war and of the power of art to transfigure tragedy, Russell Martin follows this monumental work from its fevered creation through its journey across decades and continents--from Europe to America and, finally and triumphantly, to democratic Spain. Full of historical sweep and deeply moving drama, Picasso’s War delivers an unforgettable portrait of a painting, the dramatic events that led to its creation, and its ongoing power today.
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Editorial Reviews

Anthony Day
“a fetching and well-crafted account of Pablo Picasso’s huge and astounding painting, Guernica”
David Steinberg
a “rewarding intertwining of cultural and political history with biography.”
Robin Vidimos
“a fascinating and lively read … bringing alive both the tragedy of the event and the triumph of the art.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013998414
  • Publisher: Hol Art Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,074,192
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Russell Martin is a producer and co-writer of the award-winning documentary film Two Spirits and an award-winning, internationally published author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Sorrow of Archaeology and Beautiful Islands, as well as many nonfiction books. He has written for Time, the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, and National Public Radio. His nonfiction book Beethoven’s Hair, a United States bestseller and a Washington Post Book of the Year, has been published in twenty-one translated editions and is the subject of a Gemini-award-winning film of the same name. His books have been optioned by Robert Redford’s Wildwood Enterprises, the Denver Center Theatre Company, Mike Jacobs, Jr. Productions, and New World Television. He is, says Kirkus Reviews, “first and foremost a masterful storyteller.” He is writing, producing and directing the documentary film Beautiful Faces, filmed in Mexico City, which will premiere in 2012 ; his highly acclaimed book, Picasso’s War, has been published in seven international editions; Out of Silence, was named by the Bloomsbury Review as one of fifteen best books of its first fifteen years of publication, and A Story That Stands Like A Dam: Glen Canyon and the Struggle for the Soul of the West, won the Caroline Bancroft History Prize. He is based in Los Angeles, and welcomes every opportunity to spend time in Barcelona.
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