Mural of painting by Picasso made in tiles, located in Gernika. Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0

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Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Wednesday 14 October 2020
    (2-3pm --- NB: Booking closes 48 hours before the event.)
  • Lecturer: Dr Jacqueline Cockburn
When Picasso saw the papers in Paris in April 1937, he was horrified by accounts of the bombing of the little Basque town of Guernica and he set about painting one of his largest and most monumental canvasses. He worked fast and furiously, depicting the horror of war in a way that still  moves us today. This lecture will unravel the painting, its historical context and the extraordinary and effective use of the colour grey.


Dr Jacqueline Cockburn runs residential courses in Andalucía, Southern Spain in the art and culture of the region. In London she is a course leader and lecturer at the V&A and also lectures at The Royal Academy, Christies Education, and is accredited by The Arts Society working all over the world for them delivering lectures on a variety of art historical topics. She has recently published A Taste of Art, London.


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