• $ (USD)
  • Need some help

Dora Maar

France Born in: 1907 Masterpieces

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.

Read more

No works available by Dora Maar

Unfortunately, there are currently no available works by Dora Maar.
To be notified by email when new works become available click on the button below.

You might like these works

Walaa Dakak, En attendant, Fine Art Drawings

Walaa Dakak

En attendant, 2016
30 x 40 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings


André Masson, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

André Masson

Sans titre, 1946
31 x 24 cm
Fine Art Drawings


Zaven Paré, Short Circuit 6, Fine Art Drawings

Zaven Paré

Short Circuit 6, 2012
28 x 21.5 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings


Nino Franchina, The Champions of France, Fine Art Drawings

Nino Franchina

The Champions of France, 1954
31 x 21 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings


Vinça Monadé, Couleurs des champs 68, Fine Art Drawings

Vinça Monadé

Couleurs des champs 68, 2020
40 x 40 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings


Giuseppe Fabris, Thumbinail 01, Fine Art Drawings

Giuseppe Fabris

Thumbinail 01, 2019
24 x 33.2 x 2 cm
Fine Art Drawings


Beverly Baker, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Beverly Baker

Sans titre, 2014
31 x 46 cm
Fine Art Drawings


Emanuele Ravagnani, Insta #17, Fine Art Drawings

Emanuele Ravagnani

Insta #17, 2020
17 x 28 cm
Fine Art Drawings


Nick Tidnam, Moroccan Suite IV, Fine Art Drawings

Nick Tidnam

Moroccan Suite IV, 2021
30 x 21 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings


Nagsoul, Line ups of lost data, Fine Art Drawings


Line ups of lost data, 2020
30 x 40 cm
Fine Art Drawings


Nagsoul, Théorèmes #2, Fine Art Drawings


Théorèmes #2, 2015
20 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings


Abdullah Murad, Untitled A3, Fine Art Drawings

Abdullah Murad

Untitled A3, 2016
30 x 21 cm
Fine Art Drawings


Dora Maar doesn’t have any exhibitions.

We’re sorry but the artist doesn’t currently have any exhibitions.
Follow Dora Maar to receive a notification as soon as new exhibitions are added.

  • Posts about Dora Maar
Are you a gallery and would like to sell works by this artist?

Join us!