Thursday, 19 May 2011

Dora Maar

At the moment I am reading Dora Maar with and without Picasso, A biography
Man Ray's photo of Dora Maar, 1936
Probably best known as Picasso's lover and muse for seven years, Dora Maar was actually a famous painter and photographer in her own right. 


Many of her fashion photographs incorporate surrealistic elements























and her nudes allude to a subtle eroticism.


















In 1934 she travelled to Barcelona and London and 'her attraction to what might seem the antithesis of her fashion and avant-garde photographs', Dora Maar photographed 'the street life of modest and often impoverished people.'
























This is as far as I have read in the book but with chapters titled Love Among The Surrealists, Love and War and After Picasso, Only God, I am truly captivated, inspired and can't wait to find out more about Dora Maar.

9 comments :

  1. I'm intrieged as well, and I appreciate this glimpse into her life--I especially like her street scenes!

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  2. They are stunning photographs, must admit to not having heard of her until today.

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  3. fascinating woman! ..the street shots are impressing!

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  4. Mmmm… sounds like a good book Lois.
    I looked up a few of her photographs, they are beautiful, especially the pictures of women.

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  5. The book is an ok read - a bit of a break from my Scandinavian crime fiction addiction - but is full of her amazing photographs and paintings.

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  6. Sounds fascinating. so you think we can jump into this after Steig Larsson? :)

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  7. ...as I said this books has lots of nice pictures...

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  8. Dora Maar is indeed talented!

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  9. Stunning photography she made. Thanks so much for sharing, wouldn't have seen these photographs otherwise.

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