‘All finished paintings are dead paintings’


Picasso’s Guernica took 7 weeks to paint, but it could have taken a lifetime. But done is better than perfect, especially in times of strife.

The piece appeared in a Paris exhibition in 1937. It became an essential piece of political art, signaling against the destruction of war.

Listen to BBC In Our Time: Picasso’s Guernica


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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.