Pablo Picasso, ‘Woman Resting her Head on her Hand (Dora Maar)’, November 7-1943, MICHALI GALLERY
Pablo Picasso, ‘Woman Resting her Head on her Hand (Dora Maar)’, November 7-1943, MICHALI GALLERY
Pablo Picasso, ‘Woman Resting her Head on her Hand (Dora Maar)’, November 7-1943, MICHALI GALLERY

-Certificate by Maya Picasso - Certificate by Claude Ruiz-Picasso

"This ink drawing impresses by the polymorphous and three-dimensional aspect with which Picasso depicts the female subject. The portrait is a frontal representation of Dora Maar to which is added the depiction of her profile seen from right and from left. Her head resting on the arm in a thoughtful attitude recalls stylistically the drawing «Melencholia» by Albrecht Durer but, beyond that reference, the work combines together the features of Dora Maar and those of the former companion of Picasso, the young Marie-Thérèse Walter, her great rival. The dreamy character of Marie-Thérèse meets the tension of Dora Maar’s face deeply upset. The portrait plays with the dialectical tension between directly perceptible elements and the meandering, remote and mysterious ones.” ("Il Mondo Fantastico di Picasso", text of the exhibition catalogue)

Signature: Signed and dated "Picasso 7.11.43." lower left.

– Bouquinerie de l’Institut, Paris.
– Kunsthalle Wurth, « Il Mondo Fantastico di Picasso » Palazzo Dei Normanni Palermo, 05 Oct. 2008-08 March 2009.
– Art Forum Wurth, Capena (Roma) 21 March 2009-8 August 2009

– C. Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Paris, 1962, vol. 13, no. 180 (illustrated, pl. 91).
– The Picasso Project, ed., Picasso’s Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture, San Francisco, 1999, p. 282, no. 43-283 (illustrated).
– Catalogue of Kunsthalle Wurth exhibition,”Il Mondo Fantastico di Picasso” Palazzo Dei Normanni Palermo, 05 Oct. 2008-08 March 2009, illustrated.

  • Bouquinerie de l’Institut, Paris.
  • Professor Roland Doschka, Germany.
  • Wurth Collection.
  • Michali Gallery.

About Pablo Picasso

A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms, Pablo Picasso impacted the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled magnitude. Inspired by African and Iberian art and developments in the world around him, Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism. Along with Georges Braque, Picasso is best known for pioneering Cubism in an attempt to reconcile three-dimensional space with the two-dimensional picture plane, once asking, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” Responding to the Spanish Civil War, he painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), whose violent images of anguished figures rendered in grisaille made it a definitive work of anti-war art. “Painting is not made to decorate apartments,” he said. “It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.” Picasso’s sizable oeuvre includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs.

Spanish, 1881-1973, Malaga, Spain, based in Paris and Mougins, France