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France 1907 – 1997

Portrait d'Ubu (Portrait of Ubu) [Portrait of Pere Ubu] 1936 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
Primary Insc: not signed, dated in purple stamp, "18 Sep 1936" inscribed verso, pencil "Portrait d'Ubu Objet trouve"

Dimensions: image 18.1 h x 11.4 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1987
Accession No: NGA 87.983
Subject: Art style: Surrealism


  • What kind of creature is in this photograph? Is it a big monster or something smaller? This photograph by artist, Dora Maar, is of a baby armadillo before it is born. Notice the texture of its skin and its long fingers. Do you know what an adult armadillo looks like?

    Activity; Think about photographing something in your house in close up so that it is hard to recognise the object.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010