Lot 35
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Pablo Picasso

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  • Pablo Picasso
  • Portrait de Dora Maar (Dora Maar à la coiffe)
  • dated 13 Novembre XXXVI (lower right)
  • brush and ink, wash and pencil on paper


Dora Maar, Paris (acquired from the artist)

The Estate of Dora Maar (by descent from the above. Sold: Piasa, Paris, Les Picasso de Dora Maar - Succession de Madame Markovitch, 28th October 1998, lot 15)

Purchased at the above sale by the late owner


Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preussischer Kulturbesitz,  Linie, Licht und Schatten. Meisterzeichnungen und Skulpturen der Sammlung Jan und Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, 1999, no. 137, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Venice, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, The Timeless Eye. Master Drawings from the Jan and Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski Collection,1999, no. 151, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Miradas sin Tiempo. Dibujos, Pinturas y Esculturas de la Coleccion Jan y Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, 2000, no. 1181, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Bern, Kunstmuseum, Picasso und die Schweiz, 2001-02, no. 118, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André, La Passion du Dessin. Collection Jan et Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, 2002, no. 162, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Vienna, Albertina, Goya bis Picasso. Meisterwerke der Sammlung Jan Krugier und Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, 2005, no. 157, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Munich, Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Das Ewige Auge - Von Rembrandt bis Picasso. Meisterwerke aus der Sammlung Jan Krugier und Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, 2007, no. 190, illustrated in colour in the catalogue


Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, œuvres de 1932 à 1937, Paris, 1957, vol. 8, no. 300, illustrated pl. 140

The Picasso Project (ed.), Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture. Surrealism, 1930-1936, San Francisco, 1997, no. 36-086, illustrated p. 296

Josep Palau i Fabre, Picasso. From the Minotaur to Guernica (1927-1939), Barcelona, 2011, no. 800, illustrated in colour p. 270 (titled Dora Maar with Cap)

Catalogue Note

Picasso met Dora Maar in early 1936 and was immediately enchanted by her beauty and intelligence. Although still married to Olga and involved with Marie-Thérèse, Picasso swiftly began a relationship with the Surrealist photographer. Maar possessed rather different charms than those of his wife and lover: an artist in her own right, she spoke his native Spanish and shared his political concerns. As his muse she became the embodiment of his emotional and intellectual anxieties awakened by the war in Spain and the World War which followed.

Remarking on the numerous portraits Picasso created of Dora Maar during their early courtship - with reference to the present work - Josep Palau i Fabre commented: 'During the month of November 1936, which is when the portaits are most abundant, we again see her, face on, well groomed, with her eyes a little scared, seemingly looking inward on herself, her eyes betraying a hint of fright on account of what was happening to her' (J. Palau i Fabre, op. cit., p. 270).