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  • Tête de femme No. 3 and No. 5 both come from a series of seven portraits of Dora Maar. The group of prints were originally intended to be illustrations for a book project, to be published by Ambroise Vollard, with Picasso’s Surrealist-oriented poetry filling the pages. Due to Vollard’s untimely death in 1939, the book was never realized and the project survives only in these prints. Each image was printed by Lacourière in an edition of 105, but were never signed nor numbered by the artist.

    Pablo Picasso and Dora Maar had an intensely complex personal and artistic relationship that mirrored a volatile period in European history, from the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War to the end of the Second World War. Dora Maar’s influence stimulated one of the most innovative periods in Picasso’s career. She entered the artist’s life following the breakup of his marriage to Olga Koklova, and the birth of his daughter with his mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter. At a tumultuous point lacking any productive energy, the pair’s romance sparked new life into Picasso’s creative potential. Maar was an already established fashion and publicity photographer, innovative Surrealist photographer, painter, intellectual and political activist. Their love affair went on to see Picasso paint some of his most famous works, including Guernica and the Weeping Woman.


    Dora Maar, Double Portrait with Hat, c.1936-37. Image: John L. Severance Fund / Bridgeman Images
    Dora Maar, Double Portrait with Hat, c.1936-37. Image: John L. Severance Fund / Bridgeman Images
    • Provenance

      Frederick Mulder, London
      Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2014

    • Literature

      Georges Bloch 1339
      Brigitte Baer 651

    • Artist Biography

      Pablo Picasso

      Spanish • 1881 - 1973

      One of the most dominant and influential artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso was a master of endless reinvention. While significantly contributing to the movements of Surrealism, Neoclassicism and Expressionism, he is best known for pioneering the groundbreaking movement of Cubism alongside fellow artist Georges Braque in the 1910s. In his practice, he drew on African and Iberian visual culture as well as the developments in the fast-changing world around him.

      Throughout his long and prolific career, the Spanish-born artist consistently pushed the boundaries of art to new extremes. Picasso's oeuvre is famously characterized by a radical diversity of styles, ranging from his early forays in Cubism to his Classical Period and his later more gestural expressionist work, and a diverse array of media including printmaking, drawing, ceramics and sculpture as well as theater sets and costumes designs. 

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Tête de femme No. 3 (Head of a Woman No. 3): Portrait de Dora Maar (Bl. 1339; Ba. 651)

Aquatint and scraper in colours, on Montval paper watermarked Picasso, with full margins.
I. 30 x 23.7 cm (11 3/4 x 9 3/8 in.)
S. 44.5 x 33.8 cm (17 1/2 x 13 1/4 in.)

From the total unsigned edition of 105 (the edition was 80 and 25 artist's proofs), printed by Lacourière, Paris, framed.

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£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £27,720

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 21 January 2021