On Pablo Picasso's Birthday, Remembering the Artist as a Champion of Peace On Pablo Picasso's Birthday, Remembering the Artist as a Champion of Peace
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On Pablo Picasso's Birthday, Remembering the Artist as a Champion of Peace

by Yasha Wallin

October 29, 2012

Today would have been prolific artist Pablo Picasso's birthday. The famous Spaniard was known for his beautiful paintings, sculptures, and drawings of landscapes, women, and musicians, and for revolutionizing the world of art by pioneering Cubism, among other movements. Just as important as his contributions to art, were his political activism and the ways he used his medium to create awareness around the many causes he championed.


Today, on what would have been Picasso's 131st birthday, we'd also like to remember the artist as an avid promoter of peace. His revered peace dove was created for the First International Peace Conference in Paris, 1949.

Based on a drawing of a pigeon done by his friend Henri Matisse, the image has been used for decades as a symbol of hope and inspiration. So while he may not be with us today, his imagery is still very much alive and a constant reminder to work towards peace in whatever medium we choose.

Happy birthday Mr. Picasso!

Photos via Wikimedia Commons and feature image (cc) Flickr user Conrado ReisĀ 

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