Targets (Study after Guernica), 1969
Graphite on Paper
150 cm (H) x 366 cm (W)
The Estate of Sorel Etrog
During Etrog’s “Bulls” period, he dedicated himself to the recreation of Pablo Picasso’s antiwar masterpiece Guernica. Etrog adapted, translated and made multiple variations of Picasso’s iconic painting, while replacing a few central elements.
The monumental drawing Targets is an image which highlights the palpable pain and acute suffering by, first, substituting Guernica’s main figures with Etrog’s signature bulls of the period. Then, the links style of the period enhances the brutality of the image. And finally, by erasing Picasso’s compositional devices and opting for a centerless representation, Etrog produces a composition, which highlights chaos and visual confusion.