Dreams of Desire 14 (Nusch by Dora Maar)

Nusch Eluard-Dora Maar
Arguably the muse 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 Facile illustrated 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 that Nusch was  also romantically involved with Picasso and that the relationship was sanctioned by Paul Eluard ; Eluard was 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 (see A Week of Max Ernst: Wednesday).

During WWII Nusch worked for the French Resistance during the occupation. She died of a stroke at the age of 40; a tragically early death that left the Surrealists and other artists who knew her bereft.

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25 thoughts on “Dreams of Desire 14 (Nusch by Dora Maar)

  1. Another perfectly lovely & informative piece! I had never even heard of Nusch Eluard. I’m telling you — the material you use for your posts would make a great e-magazine. šŸ™‚

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    1. Blushes…thank you so much for all the lovely comments…I try to keep the pieces informative yet not heavy and it is always really nice would somebody finds something of value in a piece…I wouldn’t have the first idea how to go about such a venture though I would love to…I would love your professional opinion on the short story I posted called The Interview if you get a chance…I really admire your energy in writing and publishing and promoting other people’s work…it makes me tired just thinking about it…Thanks again C.M

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      1. No problem. And tomorrow morning, when I’m fresh (after my coffee), I’m going to read “The Interview” more closely. Till then, my friend! šŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, I have a soft spot for Nusch, I have done several posts on her or that feature her. A lot of free love, the male Surrealists always seemed to have beautiful girlfriends or wives, all of whom seemed talented in their own right.

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