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Dora Maar at the Tate Modern - Review

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'The Conversation' by Dora Maar, 1937

I often write about artists and exhibitions that may be of interest to our Deco followers. This month, I want to prove that I go to these exhibition; that I am not just telling, I am doing!

Dora Maar fashion photography 1930s

The Dora Maar exhibition at the Tate Modern (20th November - 15th March 2020) takes the visitor through a journey of Maar's life that shaped her art and career.  The political context in which she was working, opportunities that she took and personal relationships that she had.

Dora Maar fashion photography 1930s

in 1930, Maar became a prolific commercial photographer, specialising in portraits, nudes, fashion and advertising, photographing models and glamorous clientele. Room 2 at the exhibition displays a large body of her commercial work and shows her sensitivity and artistry in the setting.  These are some of my favourite pictures - beautifully and sensitively staged and shot.

Dora Maar fashion photography 1930s

Room 4 introduces her surrealist photographic work, inspired by fellow artists and poets The surrealist movement aimed to transform human experience and embrace the power of the unconscious mind.

Dora Maar The Everyday Strange photography

Maar's photomontages are some of her most famous work.  They made the familiar strange, make you ask questions about what you are seeing.  Maar was the only photographer to be included in the major surrealist exhibitions in the 1930s.

Dora Maar surrealism paintings ~1937-39

In 1935-36, Maar met Picasso. She taught Picasso how to combine photography and printmaking, a technique called cliché verre, and he encouraged her to paint.  I was particularly drawn to Maar's paintings on display in Room 6, where Picasso's Cubist influence can be clearly seen.

Dora Maar surrealism paintings ~1937-39

The Dora Maar exhibition continues at the Tate Modern until 15th March 2020

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