Baigneuse au bord de la mer (1939)

Picasso, Pablo (1881-1973)

Baigneuse au bord de la mer (Bather by the sea)
Gouache on laid paper, 64.1 × 46.4 cm
Detroit Institute of ArtsDetroit

Bather by the Sea is readily identified as Dora Maar by the shoulder-length dark hair, long face, bright eyes and full red lips. In 1936, the poet Paul Eluard introduced Picasso to Maar, a painter and photographer who was a member of the Surrealist circle of writers and artists in Paris. For the next ten years, she was Picasso‘s principle muse. (DIA)

See also:

• Maar, Dora (1907-1997)