Thursday, June 13, 2019


Paris-The Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, in coproduction with the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles) and in collaboration with the Tate Modern (London) hosts the largest French retrospective ever devoted to Dora Maar (1907-1997) invites you to discover all the facets of her work, through more than five hundred works and documents. Initially a professional photographer and surrealist before becoming a painter, Dora Maar is an artist of undeniable renown. Far beyond the image, to which she is all too often limited, of her intimate relationship with Picasso, this exhibition retraces the life of an accomplished artist and a free and independent intellectual.
Dora Maar belonged to the generation of women with artistic ambition, who emancipated themselves professionally through photography, specifically thanks to the development of the illustrated press and advertising market in 1930s. Educated at the Ecole Technique de Photographie et de Cinématographie of the City of Paris, in 1931 she received her first commissions and opened a photography studio  with film-set designer Pierre Kéfer. Portraits, fashion, advertising projects were among their specialities. After their separation, Dora Maar opened her own studio at 29, rue Astorg in Paris and continued her commissioned project up until 1939. After 1945 she would revisit the world of fashion, creating several graphic project for the fashion house Heim.

portrait of Frida Kahlo

portrait of Pablo Picasso

Dora Maar by Man Ray, 1936

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