An onlooker eyeballs Pablo Picasso's "Guernica" at Madrid's Reina Sofia museum, March 24, 2017.
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Close to 80 years ago in a Paris attic, Picasso painted Guernica. The haunting work of art has since become a universal howl against the ravages of war, from 1937 Spain to 2017 Syria. The canvas mixes stark images of agonizing humans and animals to depict the horror of the bombing of the small Basque town of Guernica on April 26, 1937 during Spain's civil war.On May 1, he started his own Guernica.On a large canvas more than 7 meters wide, he painted deformed figures of women and children writhing in a burning city.In 1939, Franco took power for a 36-year-long dictatorship.In 1939, Picasso entrusted his masterpiece to New York's Museum of Modern Art, where it stayed more than 40 years.Finally in 1981, the painting arrived in Spain, which was transitioning to democracy after the death of Franco.
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