Pablo Picasso, Guernica, 1937

Art in the 1930s

The stock market crash and The Great Depression caused social and political changes in the 1930s. Artworks of Matta, Cornell, Rivera, Picasso explored the mixed feelings and emphasized the emotional pressure brought by the economic downfall and reflect despair caused by the prevailing pre-war atmosphere. Picasso’s Guernica, drawing attention to the Spanish Civil War, displays the decade’s unfortunate reality, expresses violence and chaos in a powerful way.

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