|Painting Name||Dora Maar Au Chat (Dora Maar with Cat)|
|Painter Name||Pablo Picasso|
|Size||128.3 cm × 95.3 cm (50.5 in × 37.5 in)|
|Current Location||Private collection|
Dora Maar au Chat (Dora Maar with cat) is Pablo Picasso’s one of the most famous and expensive paintings. It represents one of his lovers, Dora Maar who helped him in many other paintings as a model. She is also the only one who documented Picasso’s monumental work Guernica.
She is depicted here as posing like a goddess sitting on a throne. She also wears a plumed hat on her head. A little cat, which is almost invisible if the title of the painting doesn’t draw our attention to it, is standing on the right shoulder of the lady. The cat seems to be the only depiction which is close to the natural form of objects. Apparently, Dora Maar, the chair, the wall in background everything resembles to Pablo Picasso’s unique style of cubism (he is considered to be one of the frontrunners of the cubism art movement), which he continued in his many other known paintings.
The painting also resembles with Picasso’s use of heavy linings and bright, contrasting colors which is also apparent in Le reve, The Weeping Woman, Woman in Hat and Fur Collar and Nude in Black Armchair.
Changing many hands from its execution year of 1941, recently, the painting was sold for $95,216,000 in 2007 to an unknown Russian buyer. It made it the fourth most expensive painting by the artist and 14th worldwide as of 2013. The oil on canvas painting is in the private collection since.