A collection of previously-unseen 750 photographs by French photographer Dora Maar will be auctioned in Paris next month.
For the longest time, Dora Maar was only known as the ex-lover and muse of Pablo Picasso. She was usually talked about in the same lines as the other former lovers of the Spanish painter, like Francois Gilot. In particular, she was known for being the main subject of Picasso’s 1937 series “Weeping Women”. However, in 2019, a survey of works by Dora Maar revealed her own artistic side. The works were first displayed at Centre Pompidou and then travelled to Tate Modern (London) and Getty Modern (Los Angeles).
The trove of photographs in question here was mostly created between the 1920s and 1940s. Most of them are from the time when Maar was involved with Picasso. Many photographs feature the streets of Paris, while many others feature the prominent avant-garde artists of the era. The images were in the private collection of Maar, never displayed in public ever before – even after her death in 1997.
Now, her estate has decided to auction these works at Arcturial in Paris next month. The collection of 750 photographs will be auctioned in two live events, to be held on 27th and 28th June. The pre-sale estimate of the entire lot is between $880,000 and $1 million. The most important works in the collection are photographs of Picasso and topless pictures of artist Nusch Éluard. Each of these photographs is expected to fetch between $1600 and $3800.