In 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, Pablo Picasso was commissioned by the Spanish Republican government to create a large mural that would form part of the Spanish pavilion at the Universal Exposition in Paris. Two months before the event, the Basque town of Guernica was bombed by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy at the request of Spanish nationalists. This event shocked and inspired Picasso, who instantly abandoned his initial idea to start on a more powerful one. It was then that Picasso began to work passionately on his new project, sketching a series of preliminary drawings of Guernica in black and white, inspired by the colorless photo published in “The New York Times” of the tragic city.
Tony Fernandez, advocating peace in a context where wars are still part of our contemporaneity, has reinterpreted this magnificent oil painting that today represents any episode of violence or vulnerability of civilians.
The scene takes place in a room where, on the right, Donald Duck cries out to the sky with his arms raised in front of a burning house. A scared Goofy leans out the window holding a lamp, while Pluto approaches from the right in haste toward the center of the composition. A horse falls in agony and neighs in terror in the center of the room, while a bird flies away with a flower in its mouth. Clarabelle, the cow, represents the great bull in Picasso’s Guernica, and in the lower part of the composition, a mother cries as her chick is born from its egg. Mickey Mouse as one fallen soldier on the ground holds with one of his hands a pencil with a flower as a symbol of peace.
Exclusively, and for his collection “Inspired By” Tony Fernandez creates this great piece of art starring The Disney Family in a large format with great impetus and dedication.
By the mid-1980s, Spanish artist Tony Fernandez had begun working in one of Europe’s leading comic studios, having a hand in nearly every production there. Throughout his more than 30 years now working for Disney Studios, he has taken part in every single step of the production process for countless official Disney comic books, book adaptations of classic Disney films, etc. His mastery as a Disney artist made him lead the artistic teams, supervising and streamlining, and training the new talent. All the while he has lent his versatility to projects for other studios like Hanna Barbera, Warner Bros, and Rovio Entertainment.
In 2016 Tony Fernandez started creating his renowned ongoing “Inspired By” collection which currently comprises more than 500 artworks to delight the most discerning collectors.
This original artwork was created for the “Inspired By” collection, which originated when around 2015 Tony Fernandez began sketching the most popular Disney characters in settings based on classic or contemporary works of art and pop culture moments. Currently, it comprises over 500 art pieces inspired by masterpieces by Dali, Miro, Pollock, Degas, Miller, Warhol, Van Gogh, Hopper, Picasso, music stars like Michael Jackson, The Beatles and David Bowie or celebrities like Muhammad Ali, just to name a few. It has been exhibited in several cities worldwide and it’s very appreciated by collectors of all ages.
This original artwork comes directly through the artist.
This unique piece is hand signed by Tony Fernandez and includes the Certificate of Authenticity.