Pablo Picasso

Woman in a Hat with Flowers

6 March 1944
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.
Title
Woman in a Hat with Flowers
Date
6 March 1944
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
81 x 65 cm
Nationality
Spanish; French
Credit line
Gift of Nahum and Sheila Gelber, Montreal, 1997
Accession number
39056