See the surreal photography of Man Ray contemporary Dora Maar

Two decades after her death, a new book showcases the work of Picasso’s muse

It’s perhaps unsurprising that, for the woman who inspired Picasso’s Weeping Woman portraits, Dora Maar’s artistic legacy tends to be forgotten. But it is also unfair; as a contemporary of Man Ray, André Breton and Henri Cartier-Bresson, she was a leading figure in the surrealist movement and, had she not put down her camera for the nine years she spent with Picasso, would today doubtless have her images displayed alongside theirs.

A new book, by journalist Louise Baring, hopes to reassess Maar’s legacy. Filled with never-before-seen photographs, Dora Maar: Paris in the Time of Man Ray, Jean Cocteau, and Picasso, shines a light on a cruelly forgotten figure in 20th century art – and helps bring her out of Picasso’s shadow.