Pablo PicassoDove 1949

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Pablo Picasso (1881‑1973)
La Colombe
Date 1949
MediumLithograph on paper
Dimensionssupport: 567 x 760 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Elly Kahnweiler 1991 to form part of the gift of Gustav and Elly Kahnweiler, accessioned 1994
Not on display


Picasso made Dove on 9 January 1949 in the atelier of the printmaker Fernand Mourlot in Paris. It was published by the Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris, in an edition of five artist’s proofs plus fifty signed and numbered prints on white Arches wove paper, of which this is number nine. It is a simple yet striking composition of a white dove – an acknowledged symbol of peace – on a black background, masterfully rendered in lithographic ink wash. 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… (read more)

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