Lot 3
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Pablo Picasso

Estimate
400,000 - 600,000 GBP
Sold
769,250 GBP
bidding is closed

Description

  • Pablo Picasso
  • PORTRAIT DE DORA MAAR DE PROFIL

  • signed Picasso, dedicated Pour Dora Maar and dated 22.11.50. (lower left) and stamped with the estate mark DM 1998 (lower right)
  • pencil on paper

Provenance

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

Exhibited

Arles, Musée Réattu, Picasso: dessin, gouache et aquarelle, 1957, no. 64, illustrated in the catalogue
Paris, Musée Picasso & Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria, Picasso - Dora Maar. Il faisait tellement noir, 2006, no. 30, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Literature

Roland Penrose, Portrait of Picasso, London, 1956, no. 166, illustrated p. 64 (as dating from 1944)
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

Catalogue Note

Although this work was executed around 1937, Picasso signed it and dedicated it to Dora Maar on the day of her forty-third birthday, on 22nd November 1950. Her beautiful features that Picasso greatly admired – her flowing chestnut hair, straight nose, strong chin, and above all her penetrating eyes – are combined here with a serene, contemplative mood.


Fig. 1, Portrait of Dora Maar, Paris, 1956. Photograph by Lee Miller, showing the present work on the wall.

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