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Woman Dressing Her Hair, 1940 by Pablo Picasso

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.

Picasso's Masterpieces

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  • Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
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  • The Old Guitarist
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  • The Blue Nude
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  • Three Musicians
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  • Girl Before a Mirror
    Girl Before a Mirror
  • the-dream
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  • The Weeping Woman
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  • The Women of Algiers
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  • Bathers
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  • Ma Jolie
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  • Portrait of Ambroise Vollard
    Portrait of Ambroise Vollard
  • Massacre in Korea
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  • Maternity
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  • Dora Maar Au Chat
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  • Seated Woman
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  • Nude in a Black Chair
    Nude in a Black Chair
  • Jacqueline with flowers
    Jacqueline with flowers
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