Art historian T J Clark discusses Guernica in detail, examining how a work of such enduring political resonance emerged from Picasso’s deeply private and ‘difficult’ artistic universe. He takes the audience through the step-by-step creation of Guernica, taking advantage of Dora Maar’s set of photographs of the work in progress.

This Power Lecture took place on 20 June 2011, as part of the Sydney Ideas program at the University of Sydney.



Timothy J Clark is currently Visiting Professor of Art History at the University of York. He was a professor of modern art at the University of California, Berkeley from 1988 to 2010. He is one of the world’s foremost art historians. His work has combined an acute attention to the formal complexity of artworks and a deep engagement with their complex and fraught social resonance, and has helped to shape our understanding of major modern artists and movements. Clark’s books include The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and His Followers (1985), The Sight of Death: An Experiment in Art Writing (2006) and the forthcoming Picasso and Truth: From Cubism to Guernica.