Dora Maar

1907 (Tours, France) – 1997 (Paris)

Cartier-Bresson had been a fellow-student of painting. Éluard introduced her to Picasso, who became her lover for 8 years (it was Picasso and Éluard who sent her to be treated by Lacan). Hugnet and Crevel were among the surrealists she already knew, as was Man Ray, who (it seems) had unsuccessfully pursued her. Brassaï shared a darkroom with her, Éluard wrote a poem for her, and Breton made a surrealist ‘song-object’ for her. She gravitated into the circle around her friend Bataille, and collaborated with Picasso on a series of photo-etchings (she was unique among his lovers as an artist in her own right).