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Pablo Picasso, La Ronde de la Jeunesse (The Youth Circle), 1961

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:La Ronde de la Jeunesse (The Youth Circle), 1961
Reference:Morris, Grunenberg 81
Medium:Color Lithograph
Image:24 in x 18 in (61 cm x 45.7 cm)
Sheet:26 3/8 in x 21 1/16 in (67 cm x 53.5 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 200 in pencil in the lower left.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-6864

Historical Description

Pablo Picasso La Ronde de la Jeunesse (The Youth Circle), 1961 exudes joy and harmony. Brightly colored figures in brilliant red, yellow, and brown join hands and dance jubilantly around a central light blue dove carrying an olive branch. The dove, a well-known symbol of peace, is the reason for the coming together of so many figures in celebration. Using crisp vibrant colors and the fluid use of line, Picasso creates a sense of optimistic energy that is focused around the dove of peace. This sense of hope is further heightened by the whimsical postures of the dancers seeming to float in the sky, suggesting that they dance more in the air than on the ground. This piece instills the viewer with the belief that the future is bright and full of hope and wonderment. This lithograph was used on a postcard for the Eighth World Festival of Youth and Students for Peace and Friendship in Helsinki, Finland. It is no wonder, when looking at the unity of the figures, that this particular image was chosen for the event. The people dance around the dove, throwing their hands in the air and leaping around. Picasso renders the simplistic bodies with incredible movement, and the viewer feels the rush of emotion that carries them through their dance.

Created in 1961, Pablo Picasso La Ronde de la Jeunesse (The Youth Circle) is an color lithograph. This work is hand-signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin. Numbered from the edition of 200 in pencil in the lower left.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso La Ronde de la Jeunesse (The Youth Circle), 1961 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

1. Morris, Lynda & Christoph Grunenberg. Picasso: Peace and Freedom. London: Tate Publishing, 2010. A later postcard example of this work is listed and illustrated as no. 81.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Pablo Picasso, La Ronde de la Jeunesse (The Youth Circle), 1961 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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