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These satirical ‘comic strips’ publicized the artist’s outrage against the senselessness and horror of war. Originally designed to be mass produced as postcards, they were published in the Parisian journal Cahiers d’Art along with poetry by Picasso that described his grief over Guernica, the undefended Basque town bombed by the Nazis in 1937. Printed left to right the etchings read right to left. Together they form an 18 scene narrative. In the top left the Fascist General Francisco Franco is depicted as a mad, mythical, and monstrous figure destroying Spain’s classical sculpture. Further down he is in combat with a bull representing Spain.
|Original Title||Sueño y mentira de Franco|
|Dimensions||(one of) two parts, each 38.2 x 54.5 cm|
|Credit line||Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice (Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York)|
|Accession||76.2553 PG 4a|
|Collection||Peggy Guggenheim Collection|
|Type||Work on paper|