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The original painting was not in any danger but copies of the painting were illegal. It was a risk to carry a copy and it had to be smuggled across the borders because of many risk factors. People who were selling any were put to jail of had the risk of loosing their business. The copies found in other homes were torn down by guardia civil officers in the houses they searched (192).
All in all, there were mixed feelings and different reactions throughout the country of this painting that Picasso had created. The first public impression was the uncertainty of what the painting was supposed to mean. People did’t understand it at first until they took in the purpose of the mural. Some were inspired and there were people who supported it; the support of nonviolence or the idea of antiwar. Others reacted to it as an image of confusion. Guernica was criticized because of the, consuming imagery, but looked as a message against war alone (276).
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Martin, Russell. Picasso’s War. New York: Artist Right Society, 1937.
Penrose, Roland. Picasso: His Life and Work. New York, Harper, 1959.