Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Dora Maar in a Wicker Chair

Artist:
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France)
Date:
1938
Medium:
Ink, charcoal, and pastel on paper
Dimensions:
30 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. (77.5 x 57.2 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998
Accession Number:
1999.363.70
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
The Surrealist photographer Dora Maar (Henriette Theodora Markovitch, 1907-1997) was the artist's lover from 1936 to 1943. In contrast to his languid pictures of Marie-Thérèse, Picasso's portraits of Dora are sharp and frenetic. Here, the thirty-one-year-old Dora appears as a giddy spider queen, sitting atop a throne with crossed arms and legs at the center of a weblike world. Her hands are curiously splayed, her breasts are conical shells, and her ears evoke two little bells.
Inscription: Signed and dated in black ink, lower right: 29.4.28· / Picasso
Mary (Meric) Callery, Boulogne-sur-Seine (by 1939–ca. 1972/73; acquired from the artist; sold ca. 1972/73 to Diamond); [Harold and Hester Diamond, New York, ca. 1972/73–1981; sold on May 21, 1981 to Gelman]; Jacques and Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1981–his d. 1986); Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1986–d. 1998; her bequest to MMA)

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Art Institute of Chicago. "Picasso: Forty Years of His Art," February 1–March 5, 1940, no. 352.

City Art Museum of Saint Louis. "Picasso: Forty Years of His Art," March 16–April 14, 1940, no. 352.

Boston. Museum of Fine Arts. "Picasso: Forty Years of His Art," April 26–May 25, 1940, no. 352.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "Picasso: Forty Years of His Art," June 25–July 22, 1940, no. 352.

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Cleveland Museum of Art. "Picasso: Forty Years of His Art," November 7–December 8, 1940, no. 352.

New Orleans. Isaac Delgado Museum of Art. "Picasso: Forty Years of His Art," December 20, 1940–January 17, 1941, no. 352.

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Pittsburgh. Carnegie Museum of Art. "Picasso: Forty Years of His Art," March 15–April 13, 1941, no. 352.

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