It was reported in early May that this portrait painting by Pablo Picasso, one of several painted of Dora Maar, arguably the favourite of his four mistresses - the woman who infl uenced him the most during the late 1930s and early 1940s - was successfully auctioned for $95.2 million by famed auction house, Sotheby’s.
This recent revival of interest in Picasso prompts us to delve a little deeper into one aspect of his life – his relationship with Dora Maar and the series of paintings the relationship inspired. It seems that this relationship caused Picasso to unleash all the deepest passions he generated onto the canvas.
This latest successful sale of a Dora Maar painting will surely cause many other paintings of Dora Maar to surface... and there are many of them around.
Several years ago, the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia presented an Exhibition of Picasso and Maar as partners in a remarkable “creative dialogue” that spanned 10 tumultuous years. The show was entitled Picasso: Love & War 1935-1945 – and it featured Maar as a talented photographer who inspired a whole series of harrowing Weeping Woman portraits. The early pictures show a smiling happy Maar and that is when they make her look beautiful, but towards the end of the relationship when Picasso left her for someone else, he succeeds equally in capturing the depths of her misery – resulting in the horrifying series of paintings of Weeping Woman, one of which we showcase here. Surely this is exactly the kind of image you must never hang inside your home? Surely it will create a situation of great unhappiness in the home as it has such powerful energy of sadness?
We present several more portraits of this enigmatic woman who was herself a creative genuis.
Dora Maar died in 1997 but the image of her weeping and of her happy will forever mesmerize Picasso’s zillions of fans in the art world.
It is not surpirsing that the 95 million dollar price tag (one of the highest ever recorded in the auction world) ranks second to another Picasso piece, “Garcon a la Pipe,” which was also sold by Sotheby’s for over $104 million in May of 2004.
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