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Dora Maar

Dora Maar

France • Born in: 1907

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Criticizing Photographs

Draughtsmen Artists

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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Fabien Novarino, Race orange speed, Painting

Fabien Novarino

Race orange speed, 2020 31.5 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch Painting

£1,815

Jean-Paul Jacquet, Cheval 2, Sculpture

Jean-Paul Jacquet

Cheval 2, 2019 15 x 14.2 x 23.6 inch Sculpture

£2,161

John Mejia, La grande vadrouille, Painting

John Mejia

La grande vadrouille, 2020 5.9 x 5.3 x 0 inch Painting

£432

Adrien Seguin, Autoportrait, Painting

Adrien Seguin

Autoportrait, 1998 21.7 x 18.1 x 1.2 inch Painting

£519

SoemOne, No Name 003, Painting

SoemOne

No Name 003, 2015 57.5 x 35 x 1.2 inch Painting

£2,075

Damien Pierron (dit K-Libre), Forban, Painting

Damien Pierron (dit K-Libre)

Forban, 2021 11.8 x 7.9 x 1.2 inch Painting

£847

Neon Dynasty, Je m'en fous, Print

Neon Dynasty

Je m'en fous, 2021 27.6 x 22 x 0.1 inch Print

£510

Giuseppe Megna, The Bruiser, Print

Giuseppe Megna

The Bruiser, 1980 6.7 x 9.8 x 0.1 inch Print

£216

Bob Dylan, Just Like A Woman, Print

Bob Dylan

Just Like A Woman, 2008 12.5 x 24 inch Print

£2,813

Shepard Fairey (Obey), Peace Dove, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Peace Dove, 2015 18.1 x 14.2 x 0.1 inch Print

£510

Xavier Wttrwulghe, Polar Bear street art, Sculpture

Xavier Wttrwulghe

Polar Bear street art, 2020 23.6 x 47.2 x 19.7 inch Sculpture

£12,967

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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: Criticizing Photographs

When was Dora Maar born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1907