POR­TRAIT OF NUSCH ÉLU­ARD, 1938

Where London - - Pablo Picasso -

By now, Pi­casso was at the top of his game, hav­ing painted two of his most iconic works the year be­fore – Guer­nica and TheWeep­ingWo­man. Nusch Élu­ard, mean­while, was a per­former and muse to the Sur­re­al­ist move­ment, mod­el­ling for the likes of Man Ray, Miró, Magritte and, of course, Pi­casso, with whom she is said to have had an af­fair. There is no doubt that she played a cru­cial role in Sur­re­al­ism but her beauty was more than skin deep. In a bid to com­bat de­pres­sion, she cre­ated spec­tac­u­lar col­lages in the style of the men she in­spired, and dur­ing the Nazi oc­cu­pa­tion of France dur­ing World War II, she risked her life work­ing for the French Resistance. Her sud­den death from a stroke in 1946 aged just 40 devastated many in the art world.

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