Pablo Picasso, ‘La Colombe (The Dove)’, 1949, R. S. Johnson Fine Art

Picasso created La Colombe (The Dove) on January 9th, 1949 in the atelier of the printer Fernand Mourlot in Paris. It was published by Picasso’s dealer, the Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris, in an edition of five artist’s proofs plus fifty signed and numbered prints on white Arches wove paper. The printmaker Mourlot has called it ‘one of the most beautiful lithographs ever achieved; the soft tones attained in the feathers ... are absolutely remarkable. This plate ... conveys the maximum that can be obtained with lithographic ink used as wash.’ (Mourlot 1970, p.123.)
Picasso’s Colombe is one of the artist’s most famous, most beautiful and now also rarest graphic works.
La Colombe has to be considered as one of the greatest accomplishments in the entire history of the graphic arts.

Signature: signed and numbered

Bloch 583
Mourlot 141

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