November 20, 2019
Dora Maar, Untitled (Hand-Shell), 1934
After years in the shadow of Picasso, for whom she was a model and muse, Dora Maar is finally being given her dues. A new exhibition at London’s Tate Modern, following a retrospective at the Pompidou in Paris, explores the great surrealist artist and photographer—one of the few women in that iconic circle of the 1920s and 30s. In her many objects: photographs, photomontages, advertising mock-ups, self-portraits, watercolours, oil landscapes and still lifes, she is able to present her image on her own terms, and reclaim ownership of her distinctive vision. It is a sorely needed exhibition, and one that finally brings the real Dora Maar into the light.