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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.


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Our recommendations Julien Raynaud, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Julien Raynaud

Untitled, 2021
40.5 x 29.5 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€650

Claire Godet, Dyptique 1, Fine Art Drawings

Claire Godet

Dyptique 1, 2021
50 x 50 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€600

Ema Duval, Dessin à l'encre sur papier, A3 - n°1, Fine Art Drawings

Ema Duval

Dessin à l'encre sur papier, A3 - n°1, 2021
42 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€580

Eduardo Arroyo, Sans-titre, Fine Art Drawings

Eduardo Arroyo

Sans-titre, 1959
27 x 17.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€1,150

Yaacov Agam, Beyond the Visible, Fine Art Drawings

Yaacov Agam

Beyond the Visible, 1980
25.4 x 27.9 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€1,803

Our recommendations Jean Tinguely, Meta Matic, Fine Art Drawings

Jean Tinguely

Meta Matic, 1983
43 x 33 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€1,183

Our recommendations Matthew Rose, Sleep of Reason (Running thoughts), Fine Art Drawings

Matthew Rose

Sleep of Reason (Running thoughts), 2017
50 x 40 x 2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€1,000

Our recommendations Pauline Guerrier, Oeuvre sur papier ancien, Fine Art Drawings

Pauline Guerrier

Oeuvre sur papier ancien, 2020
49 x 36 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€600

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre ref (303), Fine Art Drawings

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre ref (303), 2017
35 x 35 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€690

Our recommendations Zenoy, Untitled (Multi) Drawing, Fine Art Drawings

Zenoy

Untitled (Multi) Drawing, 2014
40 x 29.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€1,893

Our recommendations Jaanika Peerna, Small Maelstrom (Ref 855), Fine Art Drawings

Jaanika Peerna

Small Maelstrom (Ref 855), 2009
46 x 46 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€1,178

Gilbert Pauli, Les Oiseaux, Fine Art Drawings

Gilbert Pauli

Les Oiseaux, 1990
38 x 28 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€591

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