France: Amnesty International, ca. 1961. Item #5276
Offset. 15 3/4 x 23 3/4 in. Near-fine, slight crease running horizontally at bottom and slight damp staining at top corners.
In 1959, Pablo Picasso made a drawing of a prisoner behind bars with a flying dove of freedom for the French mobilization to free Franco’s prisoners. The drawing was lithograph printed at least twice to benefit the Spanish exile community and Communist Party, and was also used as the cover of Spanish political prisoner Marcos Ana’s Poemas desde la cárcel [Poems from jail]. In 1961, it became Amnesty International’s signature image and poster, and is now an iconic image of freedom. This French edition of the poster, according to Miguel Orozco’s catalog raisonné of Picasso’s posters, was both Amnesty International’s first use of the drawing and had an extremely small circulation.
A print of a famous Picasso lithograph linked to the origins of one of the world’s leading human rights organizations.