Picasso was a rather significant procrastinator when he started painting Guernica in 1937. It was commissioned for the World’s Fair (held that year in Paris), but started it like, three weeks before the exhibition was scheduled to open. Three weeks, Pablo!? OH MAN. All my greatest papers were always started the night before.
Things you might not know, but will be glad to when I tell ya:
- Picasso included another version that had color (including a sad—yet probably captivating—red tear from the crying woman),
- Germany’s recommendation of the piece was not positive (in fact, it was compared to work a four year old could accomplish),
- Picasso doesn’t give a damn about interpreting the elements or composition.