Incredible timing again for the new GPP16 crusade “Journal your blog“. Last year I finally wanted to approach abstract art (not really my cup of tea), but all I did was one still life painting (here) and not even abstract. Then in October I said I need to try this again next year and start doing something artylicious with paint. But I’m so much surrounded by fabric that I’ve been procastinating … Thanks for the push Michelle. So here’s a spread in my GPP crusade journal I did tonight and couldn’t stop until 3.30 am!! Making a self-portrait wearing 2007 as a crown, well deserved I think haha and some of my artwork created last year via blog challenges. I LOVE the altered book I started for the Wednesday Stamper and it’s getting fuller and fuller with fun art. It’s working!! And my Crusade Journal! Inspired by Michelle‘s layouts (check out the Crusade blog) and and ADVERT I saw in a magazine the other day about a Picasso painting going up for auction next month. Told ya, everyday life is my muse … 🙂 Never done this kind of abstract before, dipping my toes in cubism … Thanks Michelle for fun prompts. You ROCK! *** (Dt. Text folgt, bin jetzt zu müde für mehr)
Picasso’s “Garçon à la pipe” (boy with pipe) has so far been the most expensive painting sold at auctions – for 104,100,000$. I admit, I’d love to own it as well, isn’t it gorgeous?! *** Picasso’s “Junge mit Pfeife” ist das bisher teuerste ersteigerte Bild für 104,100,000$. Ich gestehe, ich würde es auch gerne besitzen, ist es nicht wunderschön?!
His painting “Dora Maar avec chat” (Dora Maar with cat) sold only for 95,200,000$ in 2006.*** Sein Gemälde “Dora Maar mit Katze” verkaufte sich 2006 für 95,200,000$.
Here’s another “Tete de femme” *** Noch ein Frauenkopf.
On 5 February 2008 this original painting “Tête de femme (La Lectrice)” (again Dora Maar) will go up at Sotheby’s for auction for an estimated 6,500,000 – 8,500,000 GBP/12,800,000 – 16,700,000$ … so save your pennies!!!! Interested in owning a Klimt drawing, or paintings by Degas, Cézanne, Monet, Renoir, Mondrian, Matisse, Magritte, von Jawlensky, Kirchner, Macke, Pechstein, a Giaccometti bronze sculpture and more? Sotheby’s catalogue for this auction can be perused here. *** Am 5. Februar 2008 wird diese Originalgemälde “Frauenkopf (La Lectrice)” (wieder Dora Maar) bei Sotheby’s für geschätzte 6,500,000 – 8,500,000 GBP/8,700.000 – 11,400.000€ versteigert … also Pfennige sparen!!!! Interesse, eine Klimt-Zeichnung drawing oder Gemälte von Degas, Cézanne, Monet, Renoir, Mondrian, Matisse, Magritte, von Jawlensky, Kirchner, Macke, Pechstein, eine Giaccometti Bronzeskulptur oder mehr zu besitzen? Sotheby’s Katalogue für diese Aution kann hier durchstöbert werden.
Here’s a selection of Picasso’s Dora Maar painting and sketches. *** Hier eine Auswahl von Picasso’s Gemälden und Zeichnungen von Dora Maar.
Sotheby’s CATALOGUE NOTE
Tête de femme (La Lectrice) belongs to Picasso’s celebrated series of paintings portraying Dora Maar, who was his mistress and artistic companion in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Picasso’s love affair with Maar was a partnership of intellectual exchange as well as of intense passion, and Maar’s influence on the artist resulted in some of the most daring and most renowned portraits of his career. Painted during the years marked by the Spanish Civil War and later the Second World War, Picasso’s portraits of Dora resonated with the drama and emotional upheaval of the era. In 1937 he executed his celebrated series of weeping women (fig. 1), portraying Maar in the most openly dramatic and emotionally charged manner. Whilst in this series he alternated between depictions of Dora and his previous mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter, it was the images of Dora Maar that came to symbolise Picasso’s emotional state and the instability of the era.
The story of Dora Maar’s relationship with Picasso is legendary in the history of twentieth century art. Picasso met Maar (1907-1997), the Surrealist photographer, in early 1936, and was immediately enchanted by the young woman’s intellect and beauty and by her commanding presence. Although still involved with Marie-Thérèse Walter and still married to Olga Koklova at the time, Picasso became intimately involved with Maar by the end of the year, having spent the summer with her and a group of fellow Surrealists. Unlike the docile and domestic Marie-Thérèse, Maar was an artist, spoke Picasso’s native Spanish, and shared his intellectual and political concerns. She even assisted with the execution of the monumental Guernica and produced the only photo-documentary of the work in progress.
Throughout the years spent with Dora Maar, Picasso would depict her in a variety of ways: from the menacing, almost monstrous character of the weeping women series, to the much calmer, dignified images such as Dora Maar au chat (fig. 4) and the monumental bronze sculpture Tête de femme (fig. 5). The woman depicted here in the act of reading projects an intellectual quality and quiet introspection, while at the same time her lively eyes and tense features reflect her strong personality. Like Picasso’s most accomplished portraits of Dora Maar, this is a psychologically intense and penetrating image, conveying her physical beauty and radiant personality, as well as a sense of anxiety and uncertainty of the times. Her beautiful features that Picasso greatly admired – her flowing chestnut hair, dark eyes and strong nose – are distorted in a way that powerfully embodies all of the complex and conflicting emotions that marked their relationship, as well as the time they lived in. It was her brilliant intelligence that distinguished Dora from other women in Picasso’s life, and here he depicts her reading a book or a newspaper, deeply immersed in her thoughts. Despite the highly abstracted and stylised manner in which Picasso depicted her features, with the use of a bright palette and energetic brushstrokes he captured the luminosity and vitality of her character.
What first caught Picasso’s attention, however, was Maar’s transfixing beauty, which James Lord described upon meeting Maar in 1944: ‘Her gaze possessed remarkable radiance but could also be very hard. I observed that she was beautiful, with a strong, straight nose, perfect scarlet lips, the chin firm, the jaw a trifle heavy and the more forceful for being so, rich chestnut hair drawn smoothly back, and eyelashes like the furred antennae of moths’ (J. Lord, Picasso and Dora, New York, 1993, p. 31). Her striking features and complex personality captured the imagination of a number of artists and made her the subject of numerous photographs by Man Ray, Lee Miller and Picasso himself (fig. 6). Rather than merely celebrating her physical beauty, however, the present work represents a complex synthesis of various themes that preoccupied Picasso at the time.
Maar’s strong, pronounced features acquire a certain masculine quality, suggesting a degree of the artist’s introspection and self-reflection. Furthermore, Maar shares her stylised features with Picasso’s depictions of bulls, thus evoking one of his favourite themes – the bullfight, that remained throughout his life a symbol of his native Spain, a subject particularly close to his heart at this time of civil war. In combining major images from his iconography, Picasso weaves a rich web of associations that reflect his own and his model’s emotional state, as well as circumstances that surrounded them. It is this complexity of ideas and connotations, combined with a strikingly modern pictorial style, that place Picasso’s portraits of Dora Maar among the most accomplished works of his career.
Brigitte Léal wrote about Picasso’s portrayals of Dora: ‘Their terribilità no doubt explains why the innumerable, very different portraits that Picasso did of [Dora] remain among the finest achievements of his art, at a time when he was engaged in a sort of third path, verging on Surrealist representation while rejecting strict representation and, naturally, abstraction. Today, more than ever, the fascination that the image of this admirable, but suffering and alienated, face exerts on us incontestably ensues from its coinciding with our modern consciousness of the body in its threefold dimension of precariousness, ambiguity, and monstrosity. There is no doubt that by signing these portraits, Picasso tolled the final bell for the reign of ideal beauty and opened that way for the aesthetic tyranny of a sort of terrible and tragic beauty’ (B. Léal, ‘For Charming Dora: Portraits of Dora Maar’, in Picasso and Portraiture: Representation and Transformation (exhibition catalogue), The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 1996-97, p. 385).”
And last but not least … check out this cool Picasso Dora Maar inspired Citroen 2CV. Found it here. *** Und zuguterletzt schau Dir diesen coolen Picasso Dora Maar inspirierten Citroen 2CV. Hab ihn hier gefunden.