Dora Maar became in 1937 the Weeping woman. Pablo himself felt that such an assimilation was unfair but the trauma of Guernica was too strong and he needed such a feminine symbol of misfortune.
The contrast between his two mistresses disturbs Pablo. He desires Dora but the overactive young woman is a mystery. The artist invents the dual portrait in which the face is drawn in profile with both eyes and both nostrils on the same side.
In a first phase, the choice is impossible. On January 12, 1938, he paints in his new style an amazing Woman with Mantilla which is a hybrid between Marie-Thérèse and Dora. This oil on canvas 65 x 54 cm was sold for $ 67M including premium by Christie's on May 11, 2015.
Dora gets the premiere position in the heart of Pablo but without releasing her secrets. She remains elusive. On May 7, 1938, Pablo immobilizes her on a chair to make her portrait. This oil on canvas 125 x 87 cm is estimated $ 25M for sale by Sotheby's in New York on November 4, lot 24T.
It seems that this strategy was not winning since Pablo had to reuse that too static theme of the confinement by the chair for several years. The kitten that walks for Pablo's service on the upper bar fails to capture the attention of the desired muse. Dora Maar au Chat, painted in 1941, was sold for $ 95M including premium by Sotheby's on May 3, 2006.
I invite you to watch the video shared by Sotheby's to introduce the lot of the next sale.
SOLD for $ 20M including premium