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August 4 2007 Art Appreciation Newsletter

Interpretations of Historical Events in Art The Spanish Civil War took place in 1936-39. Two Spaniards would interpret this historical event in their own styles: Surrealism and Cubism. Salvador Dali painted "Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of the Civil War)" in 1936. This Surrealist artist is best known for his "not so pretty" art in his interpretation of historical events. This painting can be seen at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Picasso's "Guernica" (1937) is a violent historical scene done in the Cubist style. Guernica was a small market place in northern Spain. There was an air attack by Nazi Germans and many civilians were killed. The Paris International Exhibition took place in 1937. Picasso's "Guernica" was displayed there. Painted in black on white, his intention was for this work to be read like a newspaper. From 1939-1952 "Guernica" traveled extensively in the U.S. Concerned about the condition of the painting, it was decided to keep it at the Museum of Modern Art in N.Y. In 1981, MOMA reluctantly ceded the painting to Spain even though Picasso had stipulated in his will that "the painting should return to Spain only if it became a republic and only to be exhibited at the Prado." Picasso's "Guernica" now resides at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid. Buy Posters Here From Here's the latest article from the Art Appreciation site at

Edward Hopper Exhibition at the MFA, Boston
An exhibition debuting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston highlights not only Edward Hopper´s iconic works, but also the lighthouses of southern Maine and other less familiar works.

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