Père Ubu

Artist: Dora Maar (French, Paris 1907–1997 Paris)

Date: 1936

Medium: Gelatin silver print

Dimensions: Image: 39.7 x 29.2 cm (15 5/8 x 11 1/2 in.)
Mount: 64.7 x 49.5 cm (25 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Gilman Collection, Purchase, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, by exchange, 2005

Accession Number: 2005.100.443

Rights and Reproduction: © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Description

The Surrealist artist Dora Maar is better known as Picasso's dark-haired model and companion in the late 1930s than for her astonishing works. Her incarnation of the bestial nature of man is titled after the infamous and absurd dictatorial antihero of Alfred Jarry's play Ubu Roi (1896). Maar's imaginative evocation of the pear-shaped, breast-plated Ubu in the monstrous reality of a baby armadillo is one of the most compelling and repellent of Surrealist photographs.

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