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Picasso’s Dove of Peace

 “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

– Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso is known as one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. We focussed our studies for this session on his many paintings that depict a dove. In 1949, author Louis Aragon chose the artist’s lithograph, “La Colombe,” (The Dove) for the poster commemorating the Peace Conference in Paris. He also named one of his daughters, Paloma (Spanish for dove). Our project today was inspired by his Dove of Peace painting.

We also discussed the use of negative and positive space in art. The students used chalk pastels to create the colourful negative space and then used q-tips to create the positive space inside the dove.

To learn more about Picasso’s work that features doves please click on the following link, Picasso’s Peace Dove.

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