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Dora Maar

Dora Maar

France • Born in: 1907

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Behind every great man is a great woman. In Picasso's case there are women, including Dora Maar, who was once his muse. 

While her affair with the Spanish painter was very well known amongst the general public, her individual talent has been gradually brought to light, much to our delight. 


Born in Paris in 1907, Henriette Dora Markovitch was the daughter of Croatian architect Joseph Markovitch and Louise-Julie Voisin. She spent her childhood in Buenos Aires and returned to France at the end of the 1920s to study photography and attend classes at the École des Beaux-Arts. It was at this time that she met Henri Cartier-Bresson. Having taken the pseudonym Dora Maar, she moved to Barcelona and then London.


Back in Paris and very politically engaged, she opened her studio and moved in artistic and intellectual circles. In 1935, Dora Maar worked as a photographer on a film by Jean Renoir. It was here that Paul Éluard introduced her to Pablo Picasso, and thus began their nine-year affair. During this affair, she posed for the painter and took part in the creation of Guernica, of which she photographed each stage of production. 


She then turned to the world of painting, following the Cubist movement, and gradually abandoned photography. Her style really came into its own after her separation from Picasso in 1946 and her occasional escapes to Vaucluse. However, suffering from depression, she received electroshock therapy from Jacques Lacan. Following this her work became darker and more figurative, such as the Portrait of Éluard and the Self-Portrait of a Child. 


Dora Maar's paintings and drawings remained almost unknown until her death in 1997. It was only during a posthumous sale in 1999 that the public became aware of her incredibly rich and hitherto unseen body of work.


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Jim Bird, Tribute to Vasarely 15, Print

Jim Bird

Tribute to Vasarely 15, 1972 68 x 68 cm Print

$229

Aches, This dream of you, Print

Aches

This dream of you, 2021 73 x 57 x 0.1 cm Print

$468

Miwako Yamaguchi, Landscape III, Painting

Miwako Yamaguchi

Landscape III, 2015 56 x 76 x 2 cm Painting

$780

Christelle Link, L’Arbre Chamanique, Fine Art Drawings

Christelle Link

L’Arbre Chamanique, 2019 29 x 21 cm Fine Art Drawings

$260

Blanca Muñoz, Secciones, Print

Blanca Muñoz

Secciones, 2000 56 x 76 x 1 cm Print

$624

Bambi Artist, Art Lovers hand finished, Print

Bambi Artist

Art Lovers hand finished, 2022 30 x 30 cm Print

$832

Pierre Alechinsky, Quatorzième arrondissement de Paris, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Quatorzième arrondissement de Paris, 1983 31.5 x 47.5 cm Print

$926

Shepard Fairey (Obey), New Wave Couple (Dance Floor Riot), Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

New Wave Couple (Dance Floor Riot), 2011 30 x 30 x 1 cm Print

$260

Lilia Mazurkevich, I Don't Like The Rain, Print

Lilia Mazurkevich

I Don't Like The Rain, 2019 60 x 80 x 1 cm Print

$857

Joëlle Kem Lika, Inside 22, Painting

Joëlle Kem Lika

Inside 22, 2020 50 x 40 x 0.1 cm Painting

$333

Gilbert Pauli, Relief n°2, Painting

Gilbert Pauli

Relief n°2, 2007 130 x 130 x 4 cm Painting

$3,205

Edmond Li Bellefroid, Ça ne casse pas trois pattes à un canard, Painting

Edmond Li Bellefroid

Ça ne casse pas trois pattes à un canard, 2019 47 x 56 x 3 cm Painting

$728

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Behind every great man is a great woman. In Picasso's case there are women, including Dora Maar, who was once his muse. 

While her affair with the Spanish painter was very well known amongst the general public, her individual talent has been gradually brought to light, much to our delight. 


Born in Paris in 1907, Henriette Dora Markovitch was the daughter of Croatian architect Joseph Markovitch and Louise-Julie Voisin. She spent her childhood in Buenos Aires and returned to France at the end of the 1920s to study photography and attend classes at the École des Beaux-Arts. It was at this time that she met Henri Cartier-Bresson. Having taken the pseudonym Dora Maar, she moved to Barcelona and then London.


Back in Paris and very politically engaged, she opened her studio and moved in artistic and intellectual circles. In 1935, Dora Maar worked as a photographer on a film by Jean Renoir. It was here that Paul Éluard introduced her to Pablo Picasso, and thus began their nine-year affair. During this affair, she posed for the painter and took part in the creation of Guernica, of which she photographed each stage of production. 


She then turned to the world of painting, following the Cubist movement, and gradually abandoned photography. Her style really came into its own after her separation from Picasso in 1946 and her occasional escapes to Vaucluse. However, suffering from depression, she received electroshock therapy from Jacques Lacan. Following this her work became darker and more figurative, such as the Portrait of Éluard and the Self-Portrait of a Child. 


Dora Maar's paintings and drawings remained almost unknown until her death in 1997. It was only during a posthumous sale in 1999 that the public became aware of her incredibly rich and hitherto unseen body of work.


What is Dora Maar’s artistic movement?

The artistic movements of the artists are: Famous photographers

When was Dora Maar born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1907