Let’s quote Michael Berger about Guernica, Picasso’s painting in response to the destruction of the town by that name in Spain on April 26, 1937, by German bombers:
Picasso did not try to imagine the actual event. There is no town, no aeroplanes, no explosion, no reference to the time of day, the year, the century, or the part of Spain where it happened. . . . Guernica is a painting about how Picasso imagines suffering; and just as when he is working on a painting or sculpture about making love the intensity of his sensations makes it impossible for him to distinguish between himself and his lover, just as his portraits of women are often self-portraits of himself found in them, so here in Guernica he is painting his own suffering as he daily hears the news from his own country.
(Quoted from page 141 of Michael Jackson’s book, The Work of Art, Columbia University Press, 2016):