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Woman in a Hat with Flowers, 6 March 1944

Pablo Picasso
Spanish, 1881 - 1973
oil on canvas
81 x 65 cm
Gift of Nahum and Sheila Gelber, Montreal, 1997
National Gallery of Canada (no. 39056)
© Picasso Estate / SODRAC (2013)

Portrait of Dora Maar
This playful portrait depicts Dora Maar, Pablo Picasso's legendary mistress and principal model from 1935 to 1943. A painter and Surrealist photographer, Maar was known to be intelligent, friendly, and emotionally intense. In 1937, she helped Picasso find the studio where he would paint his famous "Guernica", which she documented photographically in seven stages. A number of Picasso's characteristic distortions appear in this work: the model's mouth and nose are depicted in profile, her nostrils are grossly exaggerated, and her dark eyes are set at different levels. The red and yellow striped hat, with flowers growing from the top, sets off her face against the green polka dots of the background.

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