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

Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Research Paper

Degree Name



Art & 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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