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Art and Images in Psychiatry
September 6, 2010

Picasso's Guernica

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Copyright 2010 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2010

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2010;67(9):878. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2010.108

What do you think an artist is? An imbecile who has only eyes, if he is a painter. . . . Far, far from it: at the same time, he is also a political being, constantly aware of the heartbreaking, passionate, or delightful things that happen in the world, shaping himself completely in their image. . . . No, painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war for attack and defense against the enemy.

–Pablo Picasso to Simone Téry, 19451(p152-153)