Pablo Picasso, ‘Peace Dove / Paloma del Pace / Colombe de la Paix’, Dec 28-1961, AYNAC Gallery

Created to advertise the Congrès national du mouvement de la paix held in Issy-Les-Moulineaux, France in March 1962, this works displays a beautifully-drawn dove carrying an olive branch. Turning to the internationally-recognized symbol of peace for inspiration, Picasso proves his skill at capturing a big idea with a simple image. Shown in mid-flight with its wings outstretched, the artist's dove invokes the lofty goals of this conference held in the name of peace.

Exhibited March 10 - 11, 1962, this work was created after an engraving entitled The Blue Dove, and bears the date of that work: December 28, 1961. Hand-signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881- Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right, this work is also signed in blue in the plate at the lower right and numbered from the edition of 200 in pencil in the lower left. This work is from the 'avant la lettre' edition. There was also an edition of 4,000 that was released as a poster with lettering below the image that is referenced as Czwiklitzer 179.

Series: G

Signature: Signed, Lower right

Image rights: Picasso family copyright

Private collection, Cannes
Aynac Gallery

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