Picasso + Dora Maar
When the young photographer Dora Maar (real name was Dora Markovic) took up with Pablo Picasso in 1936, she was a rising star in Surrealist circle. Picasso made countless paintings of Maar, many of which she was profoundly ambivalent about. The pair eventually parted ways in 1943.
Lee Miller and Man Ray
Man Ray’s love for Lee Miller inspired some of his most well-known work (the pair enjoyed a three year love affair from 1929-32, though remained great friends after their romance). It was their shared belief in the transgressive and poetic potential of erotic imagery that had the biggest impact on Surrealism.
Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore
Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore were life partners for forty-five years. They created dan influential body of work that reinvented self-portraiture, intercutting it with performativity, and gender politics, allowing them to become co-creators of their own androgynous gender identities.