Jan 2, 2014
Jul 16, 2010
Jan 2, 2014

Double Portrait with Hat

Double Portrait with Hat

c. 1936–37

Dora Maar

(French, 1907–1997)

Gelatin silver print, montage with handwork on negative

Image: 29.8 x 23.8 cm (11 3/4 x 9 3/8 in.)

Gift of David Raymond 2008.172


Did you know?

Dora Maar scavenged the two faces from a magazine assignment she did on springtime hats.


Maar sandwiched two negatives of the same model and painted the background and hat (or is it a decomposing halo?) onto the negative. Softening the emulsion, she scraped and lifted it off, techniques that involve destruction and suggest disintegration. The face evokes depictions of female faces in the art of her lover, Pablo Picasso, especially his 1938 paintings of weeping women for which Maar was the model.

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