From 1930 to 1934 Maar turned her camera to the inhabitants of the streets of Paris and London, blending documentary and Surrealist modes. Her photographs often focus on socially marginal figures such as the poor or disabled, revealing her own political engagement. In this striking image, an adolescent with rumpled hair protectively grasps a cat to his chest, his gaze challenging Maar’s camera. The boy’s expression and posture imbue this chance encounter—and the composition—with an arresting psychological dimension.
Inscription: Pinholes at all four corners; signed by the artist in black ink on mount, verso TR: "Dora Maar"; Maar estate stamp in black ink on mount, verso C: "DM // 1998" [encircled]; additional annotations and paper label affixed to mount verso, see image for details.
Estate of Dora Maar; [...]; (Piasa, Drouot Richelieu, Paris, November 20, 1998, lot 70); Howard Stein, New York; Joy of Giving Something Foundation, New York; (Sotheby's New York, December 11-12, 2014, lot 73)