Dora Maar, Double portrait with hat, 1930s
The woman who was seen by Picasso, seen by herself.
Maar was one of the most interesting photographers of surrealism, but sadly, she is remembered by the general public as the mistress of Picasso, the woman who registered the creation of Guernica, and went mad after the split with the great genius.
It should be recalled that, in addition of it, she was one of the very few artists who achieved an authentic surrealist style in photography, using many techniques (photomontage, solarization, multiple exposure…) and many genres.
One of my favourite works of hers is this self-portrait, a mix of techniques and resources (fragmentation, manipulation, multiplication) which expresses the many faces of this fascinating woman.
Claude Cahun, Jacqueline and André Breton, 1935-36
Umbo, Dreamers, c. 1929