Maddening the Minotaur : Dora Maar'a power over Pablo Picasso

Date of Award


Document Type

Masterʼs Research Paper

Degree Name



Art & Art History

First Advisor

M. E. Warlick


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


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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