The full view of the gallery space at Huxley-Parlour Gallery's exhibition of Dora Maar's photography at 45 Maddox Street, W1S 2PE. Three white walls with early twentieth-century contact prints hung in black frames.

Closed

15.10 – 19.11 2022

Dora Maar:Contact Prints

Dora Maar:Contact Prints

15.10 – 19.11.2022

Closed

Hours

Monday to Friday

10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Gallery

45 Maddox Street
London
W1S 2PE

Huxley-Parlour are delighted to present an exhibition of contact prints by surrealist photographer, Dora Maar. Taken throughout the 1930s, the works in the exhibition provide an intimate encounter with Maar’s early photographic interests and her preoccupation with the subtle and uncanny. The exhibition anticipates her later foray into surrealism for which she is renowned today. Contact Prints is testament to her position as both an innovative photographer and important figure in twentieth-century Modernism.

Dora Maar: Contact Prints demonstrates the beginnings of a surrealist oscillation between the banal and the absurd. Spanning unpeopled Parisian rooftops, off-guard acquaintances, and sun-dappled bodies of open water, Maar’s photography is indiscriminate, capitalising on quiet, unseen detail. Her work displays a surrealist magnetism towards found objects and compelling juxtapositions in the everyday that would inform her later, more experimental, photomontage.

Maar took pictures using a handheld, rolleiflex camera, the portability of which allowed her to take photographs quickly and with ease. Whilst surrealist photographers such as Eugène Atget and later, Brassaï, made use of the eeriness of empty, Parisian streets to create surreal compositions, thinkers such as André Breton wrote surrealist texts exploring the uncanny quality of cosmopolitan living and its relationship to the psychogeographies of the mind. Similarly, the works in Contact Prints belie a perambulatory preoccupation with the city and the people that inhabited it.

The exhibition is held at HUXLEY-PARLOUR, 45 Maddox Street. It is open Monday-Saturday. 10am-5.30pm on weekdays and 10am-1pm on Saturdays.

THE EXHIBITION

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    Installation view of Dora Maar: Contact Prints at Huxley-Parlour, Maddox Street

The Works

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Dora Maar

Self-Portrait at the Window, Paris, (Autoportrait à la Fenêtre, Paris)

1935

Unique silver gelatin contact print

2

Dora Maar

Ray of light falling in a bath, (Trait de Lumière Tombant dans une Baignoire)

1935

Unique silver gelatin contact print

3

Dora Maar

Pablo Picasso Painting the Backdrop for the Play 14th of July by Romain Rolland, (Pablo Picasso Peignant le Rideau de la Pièce Le Quartorze Juillet de Romain Rolland, Paris)

1936

Unique silver gelatin contact print

4

Dora Maar

Hotel Façade From Above, Paris, (Façade de l’Hôtel en Plongée, Paris) II

c. 1935

Unique silver gelatin contact print

5

Dora Maar

Hotel Façade From Above, Paris, (Façade de l’Hôtel en Plongée, Paris) I

1935

Unique silver gelatin contact print

6

Dora Maar

Pearly Kid – London, (Pearly Kid, Londres)

1934

Unique silver gelatin contact print

7

Dora Maar

Sea [Foam], (Marines [Écume]) II

c. 1930

Unique silver gelatin contact print

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Dora Maar

Pebbles, (Galets)

1935

Unique silver gelatin contact print

9

Dora Maar

Interior of a Greenhouse at Kew Gardens, London, (Intèrieur d’une Serre de Kew Gardens, London)

1934

Unique silver gelatin contact print

10

Dora Maar

Female Model Stretched Out on the Grass, (Modèle Feminin Allongée dans l’Herbe)

1934

Unique silver gelatin contact print

11

Dora Maar

The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, (Statue en Bronze de la Petite Sirène, Copenhague) I

c. 1934

Unique silver gelatin contact print

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Dora Maar

The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, (Statue en Bronze de la Petite Sirène, Copenhague) II

c. 1934

Unique silver gelatin contact print

13

Dora Maar

Sea [Foam], (Marines [Écume]) I

c. 1930

Unique silver gelatin contact print

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Dora Maar

Sea [Foam], (Marines [Écume]) IV

c. 1930

Unique silver gelatin contact print

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Dora Maar

Sea [Foam], (Marines [Écume]) III

c. 1930

Unique silver gelatin contact print

16

Dora Maar

Windmills (Moulins á Vent)

c. 1935

Unique silver gelatin contact print

17

Dora Maar

Rosemunde Wilms in Pablo Picasso’s Room at the Hotel Vaste Horizon, Mougins, (Rosemunde Wilms dans la Chambre de Pablo Picasso à l’Hôtel Vaste Horizon, Mougins), Summer 1937

1937

Unique silver gelatin contact print

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Dora Maar

Rosemunde Wilms with Pablo Picasso Painting in the Background in his Room at the Hotel Vaste Horizon, Mougins, (Rosamund Wilms avec Pablo Picasso Peignant en Arrière Plan dans sa Chambre à l’Hôtel Vaste Horizon, Mougins)

1937

Unique silver gelatin contact print

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Dora Maar

Kazbek, Picasso’s Dog, Paris, (Kazbek, le Chien de Pablo Picasso, Paris)

c. 1940

Unique silver gelatin contact print

20

Dora Maar

Walker on Quai de la Seine, Paris, (Promeneur sur les Quais de Seine, Paris)

1935

Unique silver gelatin contact print

21

Dora Maar

Study of Light on Water, (Études de Lumière sur l’Eau) II

c. 1935

Unique silver gelatin contact print

22

Dora Maar

Sea [Reflections], (Marines [Reflets]) III

c. 1930

Unique silver gelatin contact print

23

Dora Maar

Sea [Reflections], (Marines [Reflets]) I

c. 1930

Unique silver gelatin contact print

24

Dora Maar

Study of Light on Water, (Études de Lumière sur l’Eau) IV

c. 1935

Unique silver gelatin contact print

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Dora Maar

Study of Light on Water, (Études de Lumière sur l’Eau) III

c. 1935

Unique silver gelatin contact print

26

Dora Maar

Sea [Reflections], (Marines [Reflets]) II

c. 1930

Unique silver gelatin contact print

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Dora Maar

Sea [Waves], (Marines [Vagues]) IV

c. 1930

Unique silver gelatin contact print

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Dora Maar

Sea [Waves], (Marines [Vagues]) III

c. 1930

Unique silver gelatin contact print

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Dora Maar

Sea [Waves], (Marines [Vagues]) I

c. 1930

Unique silver gelatin contact print

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Dora Maar

Sea [Waves], (Marines [Vagues]) II

c. 1930

Unique silver gelatin contact print

31

Dora Maar

Study of Light on Water, (Études de Lumière sur l’Eau) I

c. 1935

Unique silver gelatin contact print

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Dora Maar

Menagerie (Ostriches, Giraffes), (Mengarie [Austriches, Girafes])

c. 1935

Unique silver gelatin contact print

33

Dora Maar

Menagerie (Geese), (Mengarie [Oies])

c. 1935

Unique silver gelatin contact print

34

Dora Maar

Savoie Cat (Chat Savoie) III

c. 1935

Unique silver gelatin contact print

35

Dora Maar

Savoie Cat (Chat Savoie) II

c. 1935

Unique silver gelatin contact print

36

Dora Maar

Savoie Cat (Chat Savoie) I

c. 1935

Unique silver gelatin contact print

37

Dora Maar

Rooves [The Pantheon in the Distance], Paris, (Toits [Le Panthéon au Loin], Paris)

c. 1935

Unique silver gelatin contact print

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Dora Maar

Rooves [Notre-Dame in the Distance], Paris, (Toits [Notre-Dame au Loin], Paris)

c. 1935

Unique silver gelatin contact print

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