Dora Maar - the exhibition catalogue from Tate available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Dora Maar

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A handsome book examining the life and work of the artist Dora Maar - the exhibition catalogue for a show at the Tate

French photographer, painter and poet Dora Maar (b. Henriette Theodora Markovitch, 1907-97), was a remarkable artist who straddled both the artistic and commercial realms. Until recently Maar's work has often been overlooked in favour of her role as model to many greats of the early twentieth century, including ManRay and Picasso, to whom she acted as model and archivist to for over 10 years.

Yet Maar had been making a name for herself on the avant-garde scene long before she met these men. Born to a French mother and a Croatian father in Paris in 1907, Maar grew up in Argentina. Aged 19 she returned to Paris and enrolled at the Academie Julian which would catapult her towards stardom.

Here she began to study art seriously, at Andre Lhote's atelier, alongsideHenri Cartier-Bresson, as well as at the Ecole de Photographie de la Ville de Paris and the Union Centrale des Arts Decoratifs. Her celebrated image Pere Ubu - titled after the absurd dictatorial antihero of Jarry's Ubu Roi (1896) - would become the emblem for the surrealist movement after it was exhibited in London at the International Surrealist Exhibition in 1936. And today Maar's imaginative evocation of the pear-shaped, breast-plated Ubu in the monstrous reality of a baby armadillo remains one of the most compelling and repellent of surrealist photographs.

  • Author: Karolina Damarice Maddox
  • Hardcover: 208 pages | 240 illustrations
  • Date published: November 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1849766869
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 23.0 cm