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Picasso's 'Weeping Woman' on show in Newcastle gallery

Weeping Woman by Pablo Picasso ©Tate, London 2015 Image copyright Tate London
Image caption Weeping Woman was part of Picasso's response to the slaughter of civilians

A painting by Pablo Picasso has taken centre stage at Newcastle's Laing Art Gallery.

The Weeping Woman is the highlight of a new exhibition exploring how painters responded to the Spanish Civil War.

Many of the works have not been show in public for decades.

An estimated half a million people died during the conflict between supporters of an elected Republican government and a rebel Nationalist force led by General Franco in the 1930s.

"Conscience and Conflict", which runs until 7 June, also features works by Edward Burra, Wyndham Lewis, and Surrealist artists John Armstrong and Merlyn Evans.

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