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Marie Laurencin
Marie Laurencin Portrait of a Young Woman Oil on Canvas Signed Lower Left

Ca. 1941-42



Marie Laurencin, Young Woman Ca. 1941-42 Oil on canvas. Signed “Marie Laurencin” on the lower right. Reference : Marchesseau 1100, p. 448 Provenance: Galerie Hervé Odermatt, Paris, France. Private Collection Bibliography: Daniel Marchesseau, Marie Laurencin, 1883-1956 : Catalogue Raisonné de l’Oeuvre Peint, Nagano-ken : Japon, 1986, cat. N° 1100, p. 448 Marie Laurencin learned painting on porcelain and then took drawing lessons in the city of Paris and at the Humbert Academy. In 1907 she had a first solo exhibition and met Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and the group of artists from the Bateau-Lavoir de Montmartre, then the poet and art critic Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918). She lived with him a passionate affair fueled by intellectual and artistic exchanges until 1912. A time sensitive to Fauvism, Marie Laurencin simplified and idealized forms under the influence of Cubist painters. From 1910, her palette turned gray, pink, and pastel tones. The war deprives her of her new merchants who are German expatriates. She herself married a German baron in the summer of 1914 and could not definitely return to France until 1921. Her palette darkened then. Marie Laurencin undoubtedly met the young Paul Guillaume (1891-1934) thanks to Apollinaire around 1912. He was her dealer for a while in the 1920s. Returning to Paris at this time, she began to paint slender and vaporous female figures which she would later take up in canvases in pale tones, evocative of an enchanted world. She paints portraits of Parisian celebrities and creates theater sets, in particular for the Ballets Russes. In her works, she develops a taste for metamorphosis, bringing together two of her favorite themes: young women and animals.


  • Creator
    Marie Laurencin (1883-1956, French)
  • Creation Year
    Ca. 1941-42
  • Dimensions
    Height: 13.78 in. (35 cm)Width: 10.24 in. (26 cm)
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  • Condition
    The condition of the painting itself, without its frame, is excellent. However, please note that the vintage frame that currently accompanies it bears slight soiling on lower right corner as well as a loss on lower left corner of it.
  • Gallery Location
    Paris, FR
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU156928176472

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