Second World Congress of the Defenders of Peace by Pablo Picasso, 1950
Artist: Pablo Picasso
Medium: Original Lithographic Poster, 1950
Dimensions: 47.5 x 31.5 in, 120.7 x 80 cm
Thin poster paper - Good Condition B
The genesis of this striking lithographic poster starts on 9 January 1949, when Picasso created the Dove, a black and white lithograph, which he produced in the Mourlot studio. Between 1948 and 1951, he attended several World Peace Congresses. Picasso was later asked to speak at the 1950 Peace Congress in Sheffield.
The image of the dove became a phenomenon around the world. Between 1949 and the artist's death, he created numerous works, including posters, prints and drawings, which depicted the Dove of Peace. Variations of the image were used for Peace Congresses in Wroclaw, Stockholm, Sheffield, Vienna, Rome and Moscow. Images were distributed around the world by the Peace Movement, creating new momentum for the artist's reputation. This is a beautiful example of this series.
For Picasso, the dove was both an important political symbol and a personal one. His father had taught him his early skills as an artist. He had drawn doves in his childhood home in Málaga in the 1880s.
Ref. Czwiklitzer #72 Ed. 5,000 (most were glued to walls and therefore destroyed)
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