404551--PICASSO--Portrait of Dora Maar with Hair Bun II, 1936
Amidst a flurry of images Picasso created of Maar in the fall of 1936, Picasso made two drypoint portraits. In 'Portrait de Dora Maar au Chignon I', he perfectly captures her dreamy idealism as she gazes up and away. Her strong features and stunning eyelashes are accentuated by his sure hand with the drypoint needle. Picasso also was attracted to Maar's intense personality and dignified self-possession, which he shows in 'Portrait de Dora Maar au Chignon II'. In both, she wears a fashionable blouse with a unique collar and a classic upswept hairstyle that showcases her distinctive features. Drypoint is a delicate medium which involves drawing directly into a copper plate with an anodized needle. When the artist presses into the plate with the tool, a small amount of the copper is displaced—this is called a burr. Later, when the plate is inked, the pigment collects around the raised areas of the burr, creating a rich, velvety line. Each time the plate is put through the press, the burr is somewhat compressed and a little definition is lost—the warmth of the line tends to fade as the edition progresses. The current impression is an extremely rare and early proof that shows the burr in its early phase. Portrait de Dora Maar au Chignon. I, 1936 Pablo Picasso
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