Child with a Dove,
one of Picasso's earliest paintings, was created in Paris before
the age of 21. The piece comes at the beginning of the Picasso
Blue Period, a clear difference
from earlier works.
The child holds the dove closely and stands in front of a subdued
background and next to a multi-colored ball. In Child with a Dove,
there seems to be a clear sense of innocence and almost sympathy
for the young child, a subject much unlike some of his other artwork.
This style would start to be found in future Picasso paintings.
The canvas (28 3/4" x 21 1/4") is painted in thick layers
of paint and may have been painted over an earlier picture.