Similarities and Differences between Guernica and Raft of the Medusa In relation to the themes, the Guernica is similar to the Raft of Medusa in the sense that they both portray tragic events in the history of their various countries. The Guernica is a representation of a bombing that killed many people, animals and destroyed many buildings in it wake (Barton, p 12). The Raft of Medusa is a representation of bodies floating on a raft that is aimed to ensure that they individuals on top of it do not drown. This is after their ship sank and many other individuals either drowned or ate each other (Miles, p 17). This also presents a huge difference in their themes. The Guernica shows the effects of war especially to humans, animals and buildings. Gericult’s painting is a depiction of a ship that drifted of course and drowned. Many of the people on board the ship died and the remaining are trying to stay afloat a raft to save their lives.
Both artists are noted to have used very dull hues for their paintings. The dull colours represent a cold scenario that they both tried to depict. The major difference is that Picasso uses neutral colours in his painting (Russell, 2002). He concentrates on the use of blacks, whites and greys. Gericult uses brown and yellow colours to represent his thoughts.
Both tried as much as possible to use balance to represent their thoughts. Each artist used balance in the way that could best portray their general thoughts and feelings in the outline of their paintings. The balance used in Guernica is balanced and in a steady format. The Raft of Medusa represents a toppled type of balance to show the dire need of help that the survivors craved for before their ultimate rescue. This is because of waves that linger precariously around the raft (Miles, p 33).
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