- Dora Maar (Henriette Theodora Markovitch) Tours, France, 1907 - Paris, France, 1997
- Date:1937 (May-June) / Vintage print
- Technique:Gelatin silver print on paper
- Category: Photography
- Entry date:1999
- Register number:DE01331
The Museo Reina Sofía holds a total of twenty-eight photographs showing different stages in the picture’s execution. In the early stages, working on basic outlines, one can already see the principal figures: the mother holding the dead child, the bull, the horse, the fallen soldier, the person holding a light and the figure with arms raised. They show how Picasso was progressively correcting the poses of the figures and eliminating certain elements in order to give the composition greater clarity. By the final stages, the fields were being filled in, the initial narrative sense was lost and the symbolic weight was distributed between the main characters.
Concha Calvo Salanova