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Père Ubu

Artist:
Dora Maar (French, Paris 1907–1997 Paris)
Date:
1936
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 39.7 x 29.2 cm (15 5/8 x 11 1/2 in.) Mount: 64.7 x 49.5 cm (25 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, by exchange, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.443
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
The Surrealist artist Dora Maar is better known as Picasso's dark-haired model and companion in the late 1930s than for her astonishing works. Her incarnation of the bestial nature of man is titled after the infamous and absurd dictatorial antihero of Alfred Jarry's play Ubu Roi (1896). Maar's imaginative evocation of the pear-shaped, breast-plated Ubu in the monstrous reality of a baby armadillo is one of the most compelling and repellent of Surrealist photographs.
Inscription: Signed and dated in pencil on mount, recto BR: "Dora Maar 36" inscribed in pencil on mount, recto BL: "Portrait d'Ubu" [underlined]; paper label with red border affixed to BR corner mount recto with inscription in red pencil: "71"; inscribed in pencil on paper label affixed to mount, verso TR: "45" and stamped "210"; circular stamp on mount, verso TC: "Duanes Exposition - Paris" [upside-down]; stamped below label on mount, verso: "GALERIE ROBERT // keizersgracht 5 & 7 // AMSTERDAM - C"
Georges Hugnet; Private Collection, New York; [Mark Kelman Works of Art, New York, by 1978]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, May 10, 1978

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