“To make sense of the painting, you must do the work of reassembling what has been rendered apart. … There is nothing beautiful about it. It refuses to console. However, in the painting’s abstraction – its matte shades of gray, its distorted figures that stand in for the wounded and the dead – there is a kind of mercy toward its viewers and these victims.”

Jennifer Wenzel (English and Comp Lit),writing for the Conversationused Picasso’s Guernica as a reference to viewing Ryan Kelly’s iconic photograph of the moment the car was driven into the crowd of protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Graphic image at link.)