Lot 2
  • 2

Pablo Picasso

400,000 - 600,000 GBP
1,161,250 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Pablo Picasso
  • dated le 2 Mars 37. and stamped with the estate mark DM 1998 (lower right)
  • pencil on paper
Drawn in 1937.


Estate of Dora Maar (sold: Piasa, Paris, Les Picasso de Dora Maar, 27th October 1998, lot 13)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner


Munich, Stiftung Haus der Kunst, Dora Maar, 2001-02, no. 5
Paris, Musée Picasso & Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria, Picasso - Dora Maar. Il faisait tellement noir, 2006, no. 143, illustrated in colour in the catalogue


Paul Eluard, A Pablo Picasso, Geneva & Paris, 1944, illustrated p. 167
Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, œuvres de 1937 à 1939, Paris, 1958, vol. 9, no. 95, illustrated pl. 42
Jean Leymarie, Picasso Métamorphoses et unité, Geneva, 1971, illustrated p. 248
Pierre Cabanne, Le Siècle de Picasso, 1975, vol. II, p. 790
Pierre Daix, La Vie de peintre de Pablo Picasso, 1977, no. 43, illustrated pl. 6
Pierre Daix, La Victime et l'œuvre de Picasso, Paris, 1985, p. 261
The Picasso Project, Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture. Spanish Civil War, 1937-1939, San Francisco, 1997, no. 37-052, illustrated p. 23

Catalogue Note

Throughout the years spent with Dora Maar, Picasso would depict her in a variety of ways: from the gentle, dignified depictions dating from the early stages of their relationship, to the menacing, almost monstrous character of the weeping women series. In the present work Picasso depicts her in the intimate moment of sleeping, portraying the beauty of his model while she in unaware of being observed. The sense of tranquillity that dominates in this composition suggests none of the drama and emotional upheaval of the years that followed.