Picasso painted Woman Dressing Her Hair
in 1940. Again Dora Maar is the woman who appeared in the painting. Here Dora is grotesque: her ribcage like a hanging carcass of meat, her hands like goat's hooves wringing her hair,
her skin hard and leathery, her body both bulbous and emaciated and her feet outrageously oversized. She's trapped in a small room with a purple floor and green walls.
Woman Dressing Her Hair
was more than an allegory for Maar. As World War 2 pressed on from Spain to the rest of Europe, Maar's emotional state and her relationship with Picasso deteriorated. Picasso's portraits of Maar
mirror the distress in both his mistress and their relationship.