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Pablo Picasso

Estimate
350,000 - 450,000 GBP
Sold
993,250 GBP
bidding is closed

Description

  • Pablo Picasso
  • PORTRAIT DE DORA MAAR PENSIVE
  • dated 28 Janvier XXXVII  (upper left) and stamped with the estate mark DM 1998 (lower right)
  • pencil on paper
Drawn in 1937.

Provenance

Estate of Dora Maar (sold: Piasa, Paris, Les Picasso de Dora Maar, 27th October 1998, lot 10)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Exhibited

Arles, Musée Réattu, Picasso, dessins, gouaches, aquarelles, 1898-1957, 1957
Paris, Musée Picasso & Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria, Picasso - Dora Maar. Il faisait tellement noir, 2006, no. 144, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Literature

Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, œuvres de 1937 à 1939, Paris, vol. 9, no. 94, illustrated pl. 42
James Lord, Picasso & Dora: A Memoir, 1993, illustrated between pp. 120 and 121
'In Praise of Gossip', in Art Review, February 1994, illustrated p. 24
The Picasso Project, Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture. Spanish Civil War, 1937-1939, San Francisco, 1997, no. 37-016, illustrated p. 8
Mary Ann Caws, Dora Maar with & without Picasso. A Biography, London, 2000, illustrated p. 86

Catalogue Note

A woman of brilliant intelligence and striking features, Dora Maar captured the imagination of a number of artists and was the subject of numerous photographs by Man Ray and Lee Miller. In this depiction of Maar in a pensive pose, Picasso pays homage to both her physical and her inner beauty.  As James Lord described upon meeting Maar in 1944: 'Her gaze possessed remarkable radiance but could also be very hard. I observed that she was beautiful, with a strong, straight nose, perfect scarlet lips, the chin firm, the jaw a trifle heavy and the more forceful for being so, rich chestnut hair drawn smoothly back, and eyelashes like the furred antennae of moths' (J. Lord, op. cit., p. 31). 

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