Picasso created La Colombe (The Dove) on January 9th, 1949 in the atelier of the printer Fernand Mourlot in Paris. It was published by Picasso’s dealer, the Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris, in an edition of five artist’s proofs plus fifty signed and numbered prints on white Arches wove paper. 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.123.) Picasso’s Colombe is one of the artist’s most famous, most beautiful and now also rarest graphic works. La Colombe has to be considered as one of the greatest accomplishments in the entire history of the graphic arts.
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