Pablo Picasso, ‘Colombe de la Paix, Moscou’, 1957, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

Edition: Unknown size
Note: We have seen many of these items printed on linen and just a few on silk. These, in our view, are much more attractive. They are very slightly smaller then the linen examples.
Picasso was heavily involved in the Peace Movement in the aftermath of the Second World War and a number of works were published with his permission and co-operation “after” original drawings and paintings some of which he had already donated to the movement to help raise funds. This particular work was made for the Global Festival of youth held in Moscow in 1957. It is a scarce and desirable item. Doubtless many were made but few have survived to this day and fewer still have survived in this excellent quality and condition. With the dove of Peace Picasso created an extraordinarily powerful and lasting political symbol, adopted by campaigners for Peace, Liberation and Equality throughout the world. Doves had a highly personal significance for Picasso going back to childhood memories of his father painting the doves which were kept in the family home. Picasso’s daughter was born on the eve of the Paris Peace Congress and he gave her the name Paloma, the Spanish word for dove.
Public Collections: Staaliche Museen zu Berlin Kunstbibliothek

Signature: printed

Picasso & La Press (Gerard Gosslin) - Published in the year 2000 by L’Humanite & Editions Cercle D’Art. Our work is illustrated and described on page 168.
Harris, Nathaniel (NH94) 1994 : The life and works of Picasso” New York, Shooting Hall Press.
Morris, Lynda & Christoph Grunenberg, 2010. Picasso: Peace and Freedom. London: Tate Publishing. (75)
Mallen, Enrique, ed. (OPP) 1997-2015. Online Picasso Project. Sam Houston State University. (57:139)
L’Humanite - “Picasso, 145 dessins pour la presse et les organisations démocratiques” - Illustrated on page 35

About Pablo Picasso

A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms, Pablo Picasso impacted the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled magnitude. Inspired by African and Iberian art and developments in the world around him, Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism. Along with Georges Braque, Picasso is best known for pioneering Cubism in an attempt to reconcile three-dimensional space with the two-dimensional picture plane, once asking, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” Responding to the Spanish Civil War, he painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), whose violent images of anguished figures rendered in grisaille made it a definitive work of anti-war art. “Painting is not made to decorate apartments,” he said. “It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.” Picasso’s sizable oeuvre includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs.

Spanish, 1881-1973, Malaga, Spain, based in Paris and Mougins, France