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Picasso - Pillow Case - Portrait of Dora Maar (1937)



Decorative pillow case featuring a Surrealist painting of Picasso representing a portrait of Dora Maar, Picasso's companion. © Succession Picasso Portrait of Dora Maar" (1937)

Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter and sculptor, known to be one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. His style is characterized by his free spirit, eccentric style, and complete disregard for criticism to his work. His modern approach to painting was considered to be far ahead of his time. Picasso was arguably the first artist to have such a profound impact on the art world.

Uniquely among artists, Picasso's "periods" are often classified according to his love life - the last years being the epoch of his second wife, Jacqueline, the late Thirties and early Forties that of Dora Maar, and so forth. Picasso developed unique pictorial vocabularies for each mistress and often emphasized their differences. In Seated Woman in Front of a Window (1937), Walter is rendered with pastel tones and sensual curves. In Portrait of Dora Maar (1937), the artist "new lover is portrayed with acidic colors and angular forms.Hence, Maar became the rival of Picasso's blonde mistress, Walter, with whom he had newborn Maya; Picasso would later fondly recall an incident where the two women encountered one other at his studio, demanding that he choose between them, but being urged instead to fight it out, "which led to their wrestling on the floor." Picasso often painted beautiful, sad Dora, who suffered because she was sterile, and called her his "private muse." For him she was the "woman in tears" in many aspects.

Maar went on to paint minor elements of Guernica (1937) for Picasso, and photographed the successive stages of its completion in his workshop on the rue des Grands Augustins, which made Maar better known in the art world. During their love affair, she suffered from his moods, and hated that he took a new lover, Françoise Gilot, in 1943; Picasso sent Dora to his friend, the psychiatrist Jacques Lacan, for psychoanalytic treatment.Maar kept her Picasso paintings for herself until her death in 1997, as souvenirs of their extraordinary affair.

. p>With a four-generation legacy of designing and manufacturing tapestries in the fine French tradition, the Jules Pansu company is the only weaver allowed to create a collection from the paintings of Pablo Picasso with approval from the Picasso Administration. The works were reproduced without modification, in strict compliance with the original colors and in full, perfectly faithful to Picasso "paintings.

The manufacturer is an established weaving house since 1878 in France, renowned for jacquard-woven tapestries and fabrics in both traditional French and contemporary, innovative designs. Woven and preassembled in France by two awarded best craftman of France".

Technical Specifications

• Invisible zipper opening
• 45cm x 45cm (17 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches)
• Jacquard Weave: 95% Cotton, 5% Polyester
• Removable insert is NOT INCLUDED
• Handmade in France



Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter and sculptor, who remains one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. He is mostly recognized for the Cubist movement, which he co-founded with Georges Braque. Eventually, his masterpiece Guernica is a pivotal example of this. Firstly, Guernica displays the intense horror of the Spanish civil war and its impact on the city of Guernica. Then, Pablo's exceptional style helped the world understand the horrors of the war. Finally, it also brought Spain into the forefront of the European mind. Through Cubism, Picasso showed the world how two-dimensional art could be seen in a number of ways. The dimensions and angles are an abstraction of all the essential features of a scene with only their base shapes. Picasso's style transpires his free spirit, eccentricity, and a complete disregard for any criticism of his work. In addition, this modern approach to painting far ahead of his time supported Picasso’s indelible impact on the art world to this very day.


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