Guernica : The Biography of a Twentieth-Century Icon

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Of all the great paintings in the world, Guernica has had a more direct impact on our consciousness than perhaps any other. In his new book the acclaimed biographer of Gaudi brings his knowledge and insight to bear on this key cultural icon. He tells the painting's story from its beginnings in the violence of the Spanish Civil War when Nazi Germany's 'Condor Legion' bombed the Basque town of Gernika in what would become a trial run for the Blitzkriegs of the Second World War, through its time as a weapon in the propaganda battle against Fascism and the years when it became the nucleus of the nascent Museum of Modern Art in New York, to its role as a symbol of reconciliation when it returned to Spain after the death of Franco and the re-establishment of democracy in that country. It is an epic story and one to which Gijs van Hensbergen has done full justice.
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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 162 x 236 x 44mm | 739.37g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Illustrations, ports.
  • 0747549389
  • 9780747549383

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REVIEWS OF GAUDI 'A terrifically stirring biography van Hensbergen animates ideas with narrative drive. Buildings are his characters' New York Times 'At the end I felt like jumping on a jet to Barcelona, imagination at full stretch, rosary in hand' Guardian 'A soaring biography, meticulously researched, elegantly organised, fluidly and lucidly written' Chicago Tribune 'Gaudi brings vividly alive for the first time the Catalan cultural and political background that is the key to understanding Gaudi' Sunday Telegraph
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About Gijs Van Hensbergen

Gijs van Hensbergen lectures on architecture and is the author of the acclaimed biography of Gaudi, the great Catalan architect of Barcelona's Sagrada Familia cathedral. Gijs van Hensbergen played a key role in Channel 4's three-part documentary on Gaudi's life and work. He lives in Bridport, Devon.
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