ARTISTS…HAVE INTERESTING LIVES THAT INFLUENCE THEIR “WHAT” AND “HOW”…AND THEIR “WHY”!
Nusch Eluard-Dora Maar Arguablythemuse of the Surrealists, Nusch Eluard (Marie Benz) was the subject of works by Man Ray, Lee Miller, Dora Maar (see above and below) and Pablo Picasso. The poet Paul Eluard spotted her doing cartwheels down the street (she was an acrobat at the Grand Guignol theatre at the time) and was enchanted. They later married in 1934 and is the subject of his collection Facileillustrated with nude photographs of Nusch by Man Ray.
Nusch is the subject of several excellent photographs by Dora Maar, Picasso’s infamous weeping woman. It is rumoured thatNusch was also romantically involved with Picasso and that the relationship was sanctioned by Paul Eluard ;Eluardwas no stranger to open relationships having previously been involved in a menage-a-trois with his first wife Gala Eluard (later Gala Dali) and Max Ernst (seeA Week of Max Ernst: Wednesday).
During WWII Nusch…
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