Picasso, La Colombe

(1881–1973), La Colombe (The Dove), 1949. Lithograph on paper, 54.6 x 69.2 cm. Purchase, 1949. 49/47. © Picasso Estate/ SODRAC (2012).

Making His Mark: Picasso Prints and Drawings

March 24 - September 3, 2012


When I was a child, I could draw like Raphael, but it took me a lifetime to learn to draw like a child.

Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) ceaselessly experimented with traditional and new media, and was a prolific draftsman and printmaker. This group of drawings and prints reveals his technical virtuosity. Dating from his early days as a struggling young artist through the final decade of his legendary career, these works on paper demonstrate the wide range of his thematic choices. From peasants to mythological beasts, from sexualized nudes to his iconic dove, Picasso’s works lay bare his personal passions, as well as his humanity and his sensitivity to the fragility of human life.

To experience more than 150 masterworks by the 20th century’s greatest artist, visit Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris on Level 2.

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