France 1907 – 1997
Portrait d'Ubu (Portrait of Ubu)
[Portrait of Pere Ubu] 1936
Photography, Photograph, gelatin silver photograph
Primary Insc: not signed, dated in purple stamp, "18 Sep 1936" inscribed verso, pencil "Portrait d'Ubu Objet trouve"
image 18.1 h x 11.4 w cm
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