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73
Dora Maar
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Dora Maar
GARÇON AVEC UN CHAT DANS LES BRAS APPUYÉ CONTRE UNE VITRINE
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
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Dora Maar
1909-1997
GARÇON AVEC UN CHAT DANS LES BRAS APPUYÉ CONTRE UNE VITRINE
ferrotyped, flush-mounted, signed in ink and with the photographer's estate stamp on the reverse, 1934
15 1/2  by 11 1/2  in. (39.4 by 29.2 cm.)
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Provenance

Estate of the photographer

Piasa, Drouot Richelieu, Paris, Les Photographies de Dora Maar, 20 November 1998, Lot 70

Exhibited

New York, Dorsky Gallery, Dora Maar, Photographer, 2004

Literature

Dora Maar (Haus der Kunst Munchen, 2001), abb. 40

Catalogue Note

Primarily a creator of Surrealist images (see Lot 75), Dora Maar also produced a series of photographs that captured urban street life.  While more documentary in content, Maar’s street photography nevertheless is tinged by her Surrealist outlook.  Taken in London, this image—as well as others from this series, including The Blind Street Quartet and No Dole—illustrates what Maar biographer Mary Ann Caws has called her ‘eye for the uncanny.’  In the present image, a boy clutches a housecat on a derelict street.  This unexplained scenario creates a classic Surrealist frisson: it is inexplicable and mysterious, yet completely real.  

Dora Maar (born Henriette Theodora Markovitch) first began photographing in the late 1920s, at the age of 19.  She studied both painting and photography before setting up a photography studio in the early 1930s.  Maar is perhaps best known as Pablo Picasso’s lover and as the model for many of his significant works from the 1930s and early 1940s.  She was the only photographer allowed to photograph Picasso painting the politically-charged Guernica, and her extensive documentation constitutes the sole visual record of the development of this masterpiece. 

175 Masterworks To Celebrate 175 Years Of Photography: Property from Joy of Giving Something Foundation

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New York