Nearly a decade before his masterpiece “Guernica,” Pablo Picasso choose to represent the horror of the crucifixion with an equally powerful pictorial style.
Pablo Picasso is considered one of the most innovative geniuses of the 20th century. From his proto-Cubist painting “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon,” that introduced Picasso’s utterly personal pictorial style centered on emotions rather than accurate depiction of reality, to his epic representation of the horrors of the Spanish Civil War in his 1937 masterpiece “Guernica,” the Spanish master has created images that have forever changed Western art. But not many people know that among the vast array of subjects selected by inventor of Cubism, from dancers to bullfighters, there were some religious ones.
Indeed, among the works considered as landmarks for Picasso’s evolution of Surrealism style lies the religious-themed “Crucifixion.” Picasso completed many preparatory drawings for this painting during the end of the 1920s and completed its final version in 1930. Many critics consider the emotional representation of suffering shown in this painting as an anticipation of “Guernica” in 1937.