Dora Maar - Photographs London Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Pablo Picasso to Hugh Willoughby
    Robert Melville
    Private Collection, USA
    Grisebach, Berlin, 25 May 2000, lot 1309
    Michael Hoppen Gallery, London

  • Catalogue Essay

    This portrait of Pablo Picasso by Dora Maar was taken in the South of France during their affair. In the lower right corner of the present lot, one can see Picasso’s signature in blue ink, a sort of confirmation of the two artists’ multifaceted collaboration. Picasso gave this print to Hugh Willoughby, who in the 1930s had one of the most extensive Picasso collections in the world. The photograph then changed hands, to the art critic Robert Melville, whose book Picasso: Master of the Phantom, based on Willoughby’s collection, was written around the time that Maar took the photograph.

Property from a Private Collection, Europe


Pablo Picasso

Gelatin silver print.
21 x 15.5 cm (8 1/4 x 6 1/8 in.)
Signed, dated and annotated 'Mougins' by Pablo Picasso in ink on the recto; annotated 'PHOTO DORA MAAR' in an unidentified hand in pencil on the reverse of the card flush-mount.

£12,000 - 18,000 ♠†

Sold for £15,000

Contact Specialist
Genevieve Janvrin
Head of Photographs, Europe
+44 20 7318 4092


London Auction 19 May 2016