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Qana | by Gideon Polya
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Qana (1.3 metres x 2.9 metres) is painted on acrylic on double primed canvas. it is geometrically and conceptually based on Pablo Picasso's huge anti-war painting "Guernica" about the Nazi and fascist destruction of the Basque town of Guernica in Spain in .1937. Qana is based on the 2006 destruction by the war criminal Israelis (for the second time) of the Southern Lebanese town of Qana (assertedly where Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding feast). Some elements (the screaming woman, the bull, the screaming horse are common) as is the geometrical scaffolding (a double Golden Rectangle between upper and lower strips) .


Note the confluence of the Resurrection stories of Adonis (killed by a boar on Mount Lebanon in Spring when the Nahr Ibrahim runs red but re-born each year to re-join Aphrodite), Jesus Christ and Qana (destroyed twice by Apartheid Israeli bombing).


"Qana", unlike the terrifying and horrifying antiwar icon "Guernica", was deliberately softened to be child-compatible - thus the little girl with a teddy bear could be saying "Mummy , look at the explosions in South Beirut!"


The painting is also inspired by M.C. Escher's inspiration from mathematician George Polya (the painter's great uncle) and , specifically, in the fitting together of about 30 images contributing to an overall poem (see Gideon Polya, “Picasso, Guernica, Qana”: . For a detailed description of "Qana" and its context see Gideon Polya, “Picasso, Guernica, Qana”, MWC News, 16 September 2006: . In a wider context, post-invasion violent and non-violent excess (avoidable) deaths in the Occupied Palestinian, Iraqi and Afghan Territories now total 0.3 million, 2.5 million and 4.5 million, respectively (see "Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide": ).


For details of related paintings by Gideon Polya see "Art for Peace, Planet, Mother & Child": .


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Taken on September 14, 2006