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The huge retrospective at the Pompidou Center -- which will move to London's Tate Modern in November -- portrays Maar as a leading surrealist who had a sparkling career in her own right before she met Picasso.From 1936 onward, Maar became Picasso's most important model and muse, with some 60 works based around her.It is the defiantly independent Maar, already a name on the Paris art scene before she met Picasso, who emerges from the exhibition.Such was Maar's renown that she was the model for the enigmatic lesbian photographer who took arty erotic portraits in the classic 1947 French film, "Quai des Orfevres".Ziebinksa-Lewandowska said Maar never stopped working or developing as an artist, even as she retreated into Catholic mysticism and meditation, sketching even during Mass."Dora Maar" is up at the Pompidou Center through July 29 .
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