This epic oil painting, almost 2 meters tall, is dated March 20th, 1969 and was produced by Picasso when he was 88 years old. Giving no impression of his advanced age, one cannot help but be astonished by the powerful expression of vivacity and its energetically modeled spirit. A dove is standing on the splendidly gilded shoulder strap of this moustachioed musketeer, presenting a symbol of peace. The dove was a subject in Picasso’s pictures since his infancy, and provided such peace to the master that he even named one of his daughters “Paloma” (meaning “dove”).