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 is a course director and lecturer at the V&A and also lectures at The Royal Academy, the Art Fund, Artscapades, the London Art History Society, The Arts Society and a number of private institutions. Jacqueline is Managing Director of Art and Culture Andalucía. She has recently published A Taste of Art, London (Unicorn Press, 2019).

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