75
75
Dora Maar
SILENCE
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 125,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
75
Dora Maar
SILENCE
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 125,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Dora Maar
1909-1997
SILENCE
photograph after a photomontage, the photographer's estate stamp and pencil sketches in an unidentified hand on the reverse, 1935-36
11 1/2  by 9 in. (29.2 by 22.9 cm.)
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Provenance

Estate of the photographer

Piasa, Drouot Richelieu, Paris, Les Photographies de Dora Maar, 20 November 1998, Lot 119

Exhibited

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

Literature

Mary Ann Caws, Picasso's Weeping Woman: The Life and Art of Dora Maar (Boston, 2000), p. 75

Catalogue Note

Photomontage was a technique adopted by the Surrealists for its ability to create new realities, and Dora Maar used it to great effect.  In many of her photomontages, Maar repurposed subjects from her street photographs to produce novel compositions.   In the present work, three figures are set against the photographically inverted vaults of the Orangeries at Versailles.  These vaults were used in another of Maar’s famously disturbing images, The Simulator.  The present image’s inexplicably curved ‘floor,’ gravity-defying figures, and the ominous admonishment ‘Silence,’ inscribed upon the wall, combine to create an unsettling atmosphere.  This is an image of dreams, the sovereign domain of the Surrealists.      

During the 1930s, Maar created a number of memorable Surrealist images, including street scenes, portraits, and photomontage, among them the photograph offered here.  Her 1936 photograph of an armadillo fetus, Père Ubu, became a Surrealist icon.  All of these share Maar’s fascination with the unexplained and the unusual.  Maar was heavily involved in the Parisian art scene and was a vital participant in the inner circle of Surrealists that included André Breton, Paul Eluard, Georges Bataille, Georges Hugnet, and Man Ray, for whom she served as a model.

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

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New York