“Head of a Horse” Sketch for Guernica (Tete de Cheval, Etude pour Guernica) poster. Guernica was a painting by Pablo Picasso circa 1937, regarded by many as one of the most moving and powerful anti-war paintings in history. The painting was created in response to the bombing of Guernica, a Basque Country village in northern Spain, by Nazi German and Fascist Italian warplanes at the request of Spanish Nationalists during the Spanish civil war.
"Head of a Horse" Sketch for Guernica was one of the many preliminary works created in preparation for Guernica. Some have interpreted the horse to represent the bombing victims as helpless animals dying a senseless death. Guernica has become a universal and powerful symbol warning humanity against the suffering and devastation of war.
The poster was purchased at the location where the original sketch is permanently displayed in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain.