Forbidden Games

Forbidden Games


Dora Maar

(French, 1907-1997)

Gelatin silver print, montage

Image: 28 x 21.6 cm (11 x 8 1/2 in.); Mounted: 45.2 x 30 cm (17 13/16 x 11 13/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2007.85


On view at:

Tate Modern,
Nov 19, 2019 - Mar 15, 2020


Maar is hardly alone among Surrealists in making works that suggest or depict sexual practices "forbidden"by society. Photography’s realism makes her montage more shocking than if it were composed of the same images done as wood engravings or drawings. Although Maar may have used some found images, at least one element comes from a photograph she took. The boy under the table is one of the figures in Children Playing.

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