picasso photographer

Picasso trusted one photographer to capture the spirit of his sculptures: Brassaï. MoMA photography curator Sarah Meister discusses their mutual admiration. 


[Brassaï (Gyula Halász). Untitled (Pablo Picasso’s Face, 1946). 1946. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © Estate Brassaï-RMN]

Pablo Picasso painting Guernica, 1937.

On the 26th of April, 1937, Hitler showed his support of Franco by sending his Condor Legion of Luftwaffe warplanes to bomb and strafe the Basque town of Guernica.  The bombing is considered the first raid on a civilian population by a modern air-force. On learning the news of Guernica, Picasso began work on a new painting. Guernica is often heralded as one of the best anti-war works of art ever created.