Artist and Studio

Picasso and Dora Maar

Poet Paul Eluard introduced Picasso to Dora Maar in the winter of 1935-36. Maar, though only 29, was a successful professional photographer. Picasso, aged 54, was still entangled with his first wife Olga and his mistress of seven years Marie-Therese Walter. With Maar Picasso “had found a union that transcended the physical and emotional, engaging him intellectually. Here was an opinionated, passionate and cerebral woman who moved comfortably within the same literary and artistic cliques as Picasso.”

Around March Maar brought her camera to Picasso’s country house near Gisors where she took photographs of Picasso and the artist “shot his own portraits of the woman who had begun to captivate him. These intimate portraits inspired numerous drawings and paintings that pay homage to Maar.”

After ten years Picasso’s eye began to wander. Dora’s health suffered, leading to a breakdown in the spring of 1945; the couple separated in the summer. Picasso gave Dora a house in Menerbes as a parting gift.  via

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