Pablo Picasso was a prolific artist who worked in many mediums and is responsible for several artistic movements. His simple line drawings are still favored by many.
When Picasso’s painting, Guernica, was proclaimed one of the worlds most important anti-war paintings, Picasso was asked to create a symbol of peace.
His first Dove of Peace, chosen as the emblem for the First International Peace Conference in Paris in 1949, was a traditional, realistic picture of a pigeon which had been given to him by his great friend and rival, the French artist
Henri Matisse. Picasso later developed this image into a simple, graphic line drawing that remains a world wide symbol of peace.