Photography

Maar, Dora (1907 - 1977)

Henriette Theodora Marcovich was brought up in Buenos Aires where her father was a renowned architect and where she began to capture the harrowing verticality of buildings. In 1920, she settled in Paris where she became the assistant of Man Ray, collaborated on fashion photography with Harry Ossip Meerson and portrayed nudes for erotic publications, before opening her own studio in 1935. Her work frequently attributed to Man Ray often featured signature techniques such as contrasting lights and shadows, high-angle or low-angle shots that highlighted Dora Maar’s vertiginous taste for verticality and theatricality and distorted reality. Her experimental shots revealed her intimate anxiety and her troubled relationship with life and its disturbing reality. When she began her love affair with Pablo Picasso in 1936, she put an end to her practice. Another member of the painter’s long list of muses wiped out by the man’s glory, Dora Maar is mostly renowned today because of a cubist portrait that immortalized her as a desperate crying woman, a dismantled and objectified woman. Hopefully, another innovative feminine figure of photography, Lee Miller, depicted Dora Maar in the late 1930s, and thus reestablished her in her very essence and integrity.

Dora Maar, Double Portrait, 1930
Dora Maar, Double Portrait, 1930
Dora Maar, Ubu Portrait, 1936
Dora Maar, Ubu Portrait, 1936
Dora Maar, 29 Astorg Street, Paris, 1936
Dora Maar, 29 Astorg Street, Paris, 1936
Dora Maar, After the Rain, 1933
Dora Maar, After the Rain, 1933
Dora Maar, Assia, 1934
Dora Maar, Assia, 1934
Dora Maar, Self-portrait, 1930
Dora Maar, Self-portrait, 1930
Dora Maar, Barcelona, c. 1932
Dora Maar, Barcelona, c. 1932
Dora Maar, Untitled, date unknown
Dora Maar, Untitled, date unknown
Dora Maar, Footprints on the Sand, 1931
Dora Maar, Footprints on the Sand, 1931
Dora Maar, The Eyes, 1932
Dora Maar, The Eyes, 1932
Dora Maar, Money and Morals, 1934
Dora Maar, Money and Morals, 1934
Dora Maar, Nude, c. 1934
Dora Maar, Nude, c. 1934
Dora Maar, Nusch Eluard, 1935
Dora Maar, Nusch Eluard, 1935
Dora Maar, Dream-like, 1935
Dora Maar, Dream-like, 1935
Dora Maar, Portrait of Georges Hugnet, 1934
Dora Maar, Portrait of Georges Hugnet, 1934
Dora Maar, Untitled (hand and mirror), 1934
Dora Maar, Untitled (hand and mirror), 1934
Dora Maar, Untitled (hand and shell), 1934
Dora Maar, Untitled (hand and shell), 1934
Dora Maar, Silence, 1936
Dora Maar, Silence, 1936
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