About Picasso Pocket Notebook – Portrait de Dora Maar (1937)
This Pablo Pocket Notebook features the iconic portrait made by one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso. Picasso’s work “Portrait of Dora Maar” (1937) features the artist’s lover Dora Maar is portrayed with acidic colors and angular forms. Dora Maar became the rival of Picasso’s blonde mistress, Walter, with whom he had newborn Maya; Picasso would later fondly recall an incident where the two women encountered one other at his studio, demanding that he choose between them, but being urged instead to fight it out, which led to them wrestling on the floor. Picasso often painted beautiful, and sad Dora, who suffered because she was sterile, and called her his “private muse.” For him, she was the “woman in tears” in many aspects. Maar went on to paint minor elements of Guernica (1937) for Picasso and photographed the successive stages of its completion in his workshop on the rue des Grands Augustins, which made Maar better known in the art world. During their love affair, she suffered from his moods, and hated that he took a new lover, Françoise Gilot, in 1943; Picasso sent Dora to his friend, the psychiatrist Jacques Lacan, for psychoanalytic treatment. Maar kept her Picasso paintings for herself until her death in 1997, as souvenirs of their extraordinary affair. More details on Picasso Pocket Notebook – Portrait of Dora Maar (1937):
- Dimensions: 2.3″ x 3.7″ Inches
- © Reunion Des Musées Nationaux 2007.