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An exquisite volume on the beautiful, talented, and mysterious Dora Maar, showcasing her Surrealist photography, her life with Pablo Picasso, and her friendships with Surrealists
in 1930s Paris.
Highly regarded as a Surrealist photographer in the 1930s, Dora Maar was a fellow student with Henri Cartier-Bresson and friends with Brassaï, Man Ray, Jean Cocteau, and André Breton, the charismatic leader of the Surrealists.
When Maar met Picasso in the mid-1930s, she became the most influential of his many muses, inspiring much of what is considered to be his best work. But during the ten years they were together, she abandoned her career as an acclaimed professional photographer and instead photographed Picasso, including her famous series of him painting Guernica.
While Maar was considered an influential Surrealist photographer, most of her work vanished from the public eye once she stopped creating it in the late 1930s. Now, this volume restores her photographs to their place in history, featuring a treasure trove of incredible and never-before-published images.
An important look at Surrealist photography, Dora Maar is also beautifully illustrated with photographs celebrating Maar’s friendships with leading artists and intellectuals of the day, such as Georges Bataille (Maar’s former lover), glamorous Nusch Éluard and her husband, the poet Paul Éluard, and arts patron and hostess Marie-Laure de Noailles, evoking the atmosphere of 1930s and ’40s artistic Paris.
REDISCOVERS LOST SURREALIST HISTORY: While Dora Maar’s photography was considered important in Surrealist circles at the time, most of it vanished from the public eye once she stopped creating it in the 1940s. This volume restores her work to its place in history.
INCLUDES LITTLE KNOWN IMAGERY: Featuring a treasure trove of little-known photographs of the era culled from the Picasso museums in France and Spain, as well as the Pompidou Centre, and from private collections.
AN EVOCATIVE LOOK AT 1930s SURREALIST PARIS: This volume evokes the atmosphere of this important artistic era, with many photos celebrating Maar’s friendships with other leading Surrealist artists of the day, such as Jean Cocteau, Man Ray, Miro, Max Ernst, and Paul and Nusch Eluard.
Publicity: Features in art magazines and art sections of print publications such as Art & Auction, Atlantic, Art & Antiques, Art News, Art History News, The New Yorker, American Art Review, Artist’s Magazine, Art in America, Art Forum, Art Newspaper, American Arts Quarterly, New York Magazine.
Also, we are going to pitch to art section of daily papers such as the New York Times, Newsday, AP, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today, Chicago Tribute, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, etc.
Online: Online outlets of the above mentioned as well as key art press including 1Stdibs.com, Artdaily.org, Arthistorynewsletter.com, Artcritical.com, Artinfo.com, Artfixdaily.com, Artblog
“In the skilled hands of art writer Louise Baring, the book heroically restores Maar’s photographs to their place in history, featuring never-before-published images, many from the Pompidou Museum in Paris, that showcase the magnitude of her photographic talent.”
“The book is a small treasure—even after I realized that there are no photos of the Dora Maar House in Provence. Illustrations include many examples of her surrealist photography. Objectively, it’s a study of a woman’s life, and at the same time, it is a riposte to those who thought she was ‘nothing without Picasso’.”
—The Style Saloniste
“Exceptional, informative, and a seminal work of Surrealist photographic history, ”Dora Maar“ is an inherently fascinating and extraordinary photographic study that will prove to be a critically important and enduringly appreciated addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library 20th Century Photography collections in general, and Dora Maar supplemental studies reading lists in particular.”
—Midwest Book Review