Maddening the Minotaur: Dora Maar's Power over Pablo Picasso

Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Research Paper

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Art and Art History

First Advisor

M. E. Warlick


Dora Maar, Relations with men, Portraits, Exhibition, Pablo Picasso 1881-1973, Artists' models, France, Photographers, Artist couples


Dora Maar is primarily viewed as Pablo Picasso’s mistress and muse in art historical scholarship, and scholars frequently analyze her work in terms of its evolution as a consequence of her relationship with Pablo Picasso, therefore asserting the power Picasso had over Maar. Through comparative analysis and socio-historical investigation, I assert that Maar’s strong personality, political awareness, and artistic vision profoundly influenced Picasso during the Spanish Civil War and World War II.

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