Picasso & Dora Maar

Series 1 - Episode 1 Picasso & Dora Maar

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Review

The passionate relationship between Pablo Picasso and photographer Dora Maar, which blazed for a decade from the mid-1930s, is one of the most famous in art. She inspired some of his most famous works (Dora Maar au Chat is one of the world’s most expensive paintings) but their relationship was stormy: she was half his age, and had to share him with other women: “a beautiful butterfly caught in a magnificent and enticing spider’s web with no hope of escape”. She could never hope to replace art itself in his affections; and it was never going to end well.

Samantha Morton presents this curious documentary, complete with reconstructions, recollections from biographers, and Morton herself wandering around a derelict suite of rooms. Still, it’s good to see Maar get some creative credit for her own work, rather than just as Picasso’s “weeping woman”.

Summary

Exploring romantic, passionate and unconventional love stories between artists and their muses throughout history. The first edition examines Pablo Picasso's relationship with French artist and poet Dora Maar, who became his lover and the principal model for many of his weeping women portraits in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
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