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Dora Maar, Composition bleue

Dora Maar Composition bleue, 1960

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Dora Maar, Composition bleue
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  • Offered by the gallery

    Professional art gallery
    Paris - France

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Medium

    Drawing : oil, gouache

  • Themes

    Abstract

  • Support

    Drawing on paper

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    8.3 x 10.6 inch

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Collector’s Guide

  • About the artwork

    Sans titre [Composition bleue]
    Sans date [années 1950-1960]
    Gouache et peinture à l’huile sur papier
    21x 27 cm
    Monogrammé au dos
    Cachet de l’atelier
    Provenance : vente de l’atelier de Dora Maar, Paris, Piasa, novembre et décembre 1998
    Très bon état

    Du 5 juin au 29 juillet 2019, le Centre Pompidou (Paris) consacre à Dora Maar une grande rétrospective. L’exposition sera ensuite présentée à la Tate Modern (Londres) puis au J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles).

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

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Dora Maar

Born in: 1907 France

Famous artist

Biography

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 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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