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Born in 1905 at Bielostok (Russian Federation), Benn settled in Paris in 1930 and established an artistic reputation before the Second World War. Bennís wartime experiences, including internment and over two years spent in hiding from the Gestapo, gave rise to a series of paintings inspired by verses from the Psalms. On this poster, the world of humankind is symbolized by hands uplifted in a gesture of prayer to a white dove, the messenger of peace. The artist donated this design to UNESCO.

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