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Cruel Dove

20 April 1949
BG E14/973

This famous lithograph from Pablo Picasso was selected by the French poet and communist Louis Aragon to add lustre to the international communist peace conference in Paris, 20-23 April 1949. Legend has it that Picasso himself never believed that a dove could be a symbol of peace: "as for the gentle dove, what a myth that is!  They’re very cruel.  I had some here and they pecked a poor little pigeon to death because they didn’t like it. They pecked its eyes out, then pulled it to pieces. It was horrible.  How’s that for a symbol of Peace? “