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Pablo Picasso ~ Portrait of Dora Maar (1937)


Pablo Picasso
Portrait of Dora Maar (1937)
Oil on canvas
© Succession Picasso
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Crikey! If you think about it, even if you are not a big follower of modern art then chances are you will know a Picasso painting. Most people throughout the world would know a Picasso woman or will know of the man himself through the iconic photos of him on a beach somewhere in the south of France, bare chested and with a muse next to him. It is a fame which made him the most recognisable artist of the 20th century.

Why? Well, I think it's because there are so many damned fine works. So versatile yet so Picasso-like - through all the Periods he made his art his own. No-one else could have done it. The works are all bound together by their brilliance. Brilliant things. So many works that so many people know of even if they are not a fan,

That is fame.

This is one of the great works which makes Picasso instantly recognisable to the masses. Probaly one of the most famous paintings ever - a kind of Mona Lisa for a modern world. As fresh and alive now as the day he painted it. Portrait of Dora Maar. Maar forever young. It was the celebrated Surrealist poet Paul Eluard who introduced Picasso to the 30-year-old photographer and painter Dora Maar in 1936. The same Eluard who had been married to Dali's wife, Gala.

Dora rapidly became the most important woman in his life.

She was a strong and serious character. Unlike Olga and Marie Therese Walther, Maar understood and helped Picasso's with his work. But it wasn't an exclusive relationship. Picasso's relationship with Marie Therese continued. For years he alternated visits to Marie Therese and her daughter Maia with trips to the South of France and elsewhere in which he was accompanied by Dora Maar.

The many portraits of the unforgettable Dora are all related to one another: the dark good looks, the round chin and long painted fingernails stay in the mind like a Greta Garbo photograph. The effect is heightened by Picasso's use of dramatic blacks and reds.

We all know what a new Picasso woman meant. Herald a new style...A more detailed description & text in the book: Life and Works of Picasso

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Pablo Picasso Important Paintings: Portrait of Dora Maar (1937) >> 50 Most Representative Paintings ~ Index

Pablo Picasso Gallery: Paintings In Date Order >> (1893 - 1902) >> (1903 - 20) >> (1921 - 40) >> (1941 -73) >> 50 Most Representative Paintings

Pablo Picasso Texts: Biography >> Life Of Picasso >> Biog. II

Pablo Picasso Links: Picasso & Cocteau >> Le Testament d'Orphee >> Books >> Cards >> Prints >> Picasso Prints, Books and Dvds available @ amazon.com >> Search Site >> Picasso signed items, exhibition posters, ltd edn prints @ ebay.com (direct link to signed items) - just checked and a bigger selection than I have seen anywhere else

Highest & Essential Picasso Recommendations: Ikea Olunda Review/Image >> Buy >> The Dog Art Print Review/Image >> The Owl Print Review/Image >> Picasso The Camel Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Femme Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso The Dance of Youth Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Petite Fleurs Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Sleeping Woman Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Sleeping Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Drawing Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Dove of Peace Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Dove of Peace II Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Don Quixote, c.1955 Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Trois Danseuses, c.1924 Art Print Review/Image

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