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Collection Online as of March 4, 2024

Forbidden Games

Forbidden Games

(French, 1907–1997)
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.)
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Location: not on view


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.
  • The artist, Paris
    Andre Breton [1896-1966], Paris
    April 15-17, 2003
    (Calmels Cohen, Paris)
    David Raymond [b.1979], New York, NY
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Tom E. Hinson, Ian Walker, and Lisa Kurzner. Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography : the David Raymond Collection in the Cleveland Museum of Art. 2014. Mentioned: p. 34; reproduced: p. 35; reproduced and mentioned: p. 101; mentioned: pp. 225.
    Maar, Dora. Dora Maar: Bataille, Picasso et les surréalistes. [Marseille]: Musées de Marseille, 2000. Reproduced: p. 116, no. 87; mentioned: pp. 267.
    Maar, Dora, and Victoria Combalía Dexeus. Dora Maar: Haus der Kunst München, 13. Oktober 2001-6. Januar 2002 ; Musées de Marseille, Centre de la Vieille Charité, 20. Januar-4. Mai 2002 ; Centre Cultural Tecla Sala, L'Hospitalet Barcelona, 15. Mai- 15. Juli 2002. München: Haus der Kunst München, 2001. Reproduced: p. 134, no. 88; mentioned: pp. 325.
    Maar, Dora. Dora Maar: Photographer. Long Island City, NY: Dorsky Gallery, 2004.
    Ferrandou, Dominique, and Julien Ferrandou. Dora Maar décor pour une tragédie. [S.l.]: SevenDoc, 2018.
    Combalía Dexeus, Victoria. París y los surrealistas. Bilbao: Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, 2005. Reproduced: p. 206.
    Ziebinska-Lewandowska, Karolina. "'The Imaginary is What Tends to Become Real' The Photomontage Period." In Dora Maar, 99-123. Eds., Damarice Amao, Amanda Maddox, and Karolina Ziebinska-Lewandowska. Exh. Cat. Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2019. Reproduced: p. 107, Plate 110.
  • Dora Maar: Bataille, Picasso, et les Surréalistes. Haus der Kunst, Munich, Mùnich, Germany (October 13, 2001-January 6, 2002); Centre de la Vieille Charité, Marseille, France (February 7-April 30, 2002); Centre d’Art Tecla Sala, L’Hospitalet, Spain (May 21-July 15, 2002).
    Dora Maar: Photographer. Dorsky Gallery (April 25-June 28, 2004).
    París y los Surrealistas.. Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Spain (February 18-May 22, 2005); Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao (June 20-September 18, 2005).
    Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 19, 2014-January 11, 2015).
    Dora Maar. Tate Modern (November 19, 2019-March 15, 2020).
  • {{cite web|title=Forbidden Games|url=false|author=Dora Maar|year=1935|access-date=04 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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