Pablo Picasso - Foulard pour le Festival Mondial de la Jeuness


Scarf for the Global Festival of youth and students for peace

Linen Scarf, printed with silkscreen, 5/19 August 1951, in Black, red, blue, yellow and white

Edition: Unknown size

Note: Picasso was heavily involved in the Peace Movement in the aftermath of the Second World War and a number of works were published with his permission and co-operation “after” original drawings and paintings some of which he had already donated to the movement to help raise funds. This particular work was made for the Global Festival of youth held in Berlin in 1951. It is a scarce and desirable item. Doubtless many were

made but few have survived to this day and fewer still have survived in this excellent quality and condition. This work served to accompany the magisterial exhibition of Picasso’s works exhibitied at the Tate Gallery, Liverpool, in 2010. The theme of the exhibition was the artists involvement with the Peace Movement in the immediate post war period. The Dove of Peace was an invention by Picasso which became the badge of this movement and that image figures in the centre of our scarf. A similar piece was exhibited at the Tate Liverpool and it is illustrated in the

catalogue on page 124 of the catalogue on reference number 53 (Provenance : Musee d’Arte et d’Histoire, Saint Dennis). Alongside it can be seen other Picasso works which illustrated the same Dove symbol. It is part of a series of scarves mad, by a silkscreen process on silk or linen, for various Peace Conferences. On page 141 (reference 75) is illustrated a scarf made for the Festival of Youth and Students for Peace at Moscow in 1957. On page 145 (refernce 80) is illustrated a scarf for The World Festival of Youth, Vienna, in 1959 (Provenance : Collection of Gerard Gosselin)


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Mallen, Enrique, ed. (OPP) 1997-2015. Online Picasso Project. Sam Houston State

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Giraudy, Danièle. [DG.89] (MPA) 1989. Le Musée Picasso d'Antibes. Paris: Musées et Monuments de France. (1988.5.2)

Morris, Lynda & Christoph Grunenberg. [PF.10] 2010. Picasso: Peace and Freedom. London: Tate Publishing. (53)

L’Humanite - “Picasso, 145 dessins pour la presse et les organisations démocratiques” - Illustrated on the front cover. The book deals with the artist’s involvement with the Peace Movement.

Public Collections:

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Saint-Denis.

Musee Picasso, Antibes.

Size: 80 x 73 cms