MARIE LAURENCIN (French / 1883-1956)

Marie Laurencin was born in Paris. At the age of eighteen she began work painting porcelain in Sèvres, before returning to Paris to study art in the Académie Humbert, with the idea of improving her skills, rather than becoming an artist. But she met Georges Braque, who introduced her to Pablo Picasso. Soon she was frequenting Picasso's studio at the Bateau-Lavoir, and conducting a passionate affair with the poet and art critic Guillaume Apollinaire. She was at the very heart of the Paris avant-garde. In 1914 she married Baron Otto von Waëtjen, and left France to live in Spain. On their divorce in 1920, Laurencin moved back to Paris, where she associated once again with Picasso and his circle. Her work can be regarded as a highly feminine take on Cubism, soft and curved where classical Cubism was hard and fractured. Her closest artistic allies were probably Robert and Sonia Delaunay. In 1983 the Musée Marie Laurencin was opened in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. There was a major retrospective of the art of Marie Laurencin at the fondation Pierre Gianadda in Martigny in 1994.

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Selected prints by MARIE LAURENCIN

The bride (sanguine), 1945
The bride, 1945

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