A Hellish Place : The True Nature Of Tragedy Essay

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Buried Hope in a Hellish Place: The True Nature of Tragedy If there is one idea to glean from Pablo Picasso’s unique and influential modern art style, it would be the brutal honesty of his works. Picasso’s artwork reflected exactly what he saw in the world, and he was not afraid to make ugly and harsh depictions, because sometimes the world is ugly and harsh. Pablo Picasso’s brutal honesty is most clearly exemplified in his depiction of the cruel and unnecessary bombing of Guernica, Spain, 1937. Picasso painted this disgusting tragedy of war exactly as he saw it: hopeless. The genius painter conveys a feeling of hopelessness in Guernica by making symbols of hope seem insignificant, and by making the prominent source of light appear as an evil eye. Guernica’s massiveness allows it to be looked at in a variety of ways. One way would be to look at it as a whole, large image, and another way is to look at it as a collection of different images. Of the many smaller images that make up Guernica, a large portion exemplify complete despair. In the bottom left of the painting is a decapitated man with a ghastly, surprised look on his face. The broken sword held in his detached arm towards the bottom center of the scene identifies him as a soldier or fighter of some sort (Picasso). The broken sword in his hand is an example of a symbol that could very well indicate that he lost his fight against the enemy valiantly and hopefully. However, if this was the case, where is the other…

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