"The Dove is one of the most famous themes in Picasso's art
of the 1950's. He was asked to make an image to express the ideals
and aims of the new 'Peace Conference' which would bring together
all the European nations in the aftermath of the war - the forerunner
of the United Nations. His image of the 'Dove of Peace' was to become
one of the most famous symbols of the era. Picasso made a number
of versions of the Dove composition against a rainbow of colours"(Weston)
"Picasso became a successful poster artist... with his intuition
of genius and the virtuosity which accompanied his artistic production,
he began to produce posters of great originality, some of them true
Picasso's posters were mainly aimed at exhibitions and political
themes. They are characterized by the frugal colouring and the simple,
schematic style of drawing. Their conception was imaginative, full
of good humour, and with a personal touch that marks them as his
own" (Picasso p.22)
During the 1950s the renowned French printer, Mourlot Freres, printed
most of the "original" posters of the most important artists
of the day. In 1959 they printed the series "Affiches Originales"
for collectors. They are reduced lithographic versions of the "original"
posters created by the contemporary masters, Picasso, Chagall, Braque,
Matisse, Miro, Leger, and Dufy.