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Dora Maar with a cat

Painting, 1941, 128.3×95.3 cm

Description of the artwork «Dora Maar with a cat»

C Dora Maar Picasso linked the most complex and unusual relationships in his life, which was based not only passion, but also intellectual competition. She was also a painter, speaking in his native Spanish, and shared his political views. Maar even helped Picasso in the creation of his monumental paintings "Guernica" and was the only person captured on film the process of writing this famous painting. It was not so much a mistress, but the intellectual power that inspired Picasso to the creation of many powerful and daring portraits. And one of them "Dora Maar with cat" - is among the most famous works of the artist.

Most of the portraits of Dora Maar in a similar technique: Picasso wrote them in a deliberately distorted manner and it's a dark color, duplicated and multiplied parts of the face and body of his beloved, made them jagged and angular (1, 2, 3). It is considered that the style of his letters was severely affected by the unfolding at that time in Europe the Second World war. Picasso and Maar met in 1936 and lived together until the end of the war in Nazi-occupied Paris, and, according to critics, the artist it is seen then the world is distorted and broken. The painting "Dora Maar with cat" was written in 1941, when the war began in France.

When you create a portrait of Dora Maar seated in a chair with a kitten on his shoulder, Picasso used unusual for this period, a surprisingly bright color palette and showed amazing attention to detail. He portrayed a lover like either some kind of pagan goddess, proudly seated on a throne, or a witch with a sly glance, ready to cast a spell. The similarities emphasize the pointed hat of a woman and her long, predatory nails. And, of course, it is difficult to imagine a self-respecting witch without a black cat. By the way, that flawless manicure and exquisite hats were a kind of "calling card" of Dora Maar and the special pride. "Dora Maar with cat" was sold in 2006 at Sotheby's anonymous collector for 95,2 million dollars, and is still in the list of most expensive works of art in history.

Author: Eugene Sidelnikov
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Portrait

Style of art: Cubism, Surrealism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1941

Size: 128.3×95.3 cm

Artwork in selections: 38 selections

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