Marie LAURENCIN (1883-1956)


Of modest origin (her mother was a seamstress and collected the Young Ladies Journal, which left its mark on the work of Laurencin), she was very young when introduced by Braque at the ‘Bateau Lavoir’; rue Ravignan, in the workshop of Picasso.

In 1905 Picasso introduced her to Apollinaire, with whom she had a five-year relationship, immortalized by the Douanier Rousseau’s "The poet and his muse". Very early she found her style, "all-female aesthetics" said Apollinaire, with her soft colours, where pinks and blues dominate, large luxuriously nuanced masses, the doe eyes of her almost always female characters – such a personal style that the influence of cubism only increased the specificity. It is painting by a poet who combines realism and fantasy.

The faces are stripped of all unnecessary detail. It seems that an eternal spring keeps human beings and the decors in the freshness of childhood. She painted a little girl’s universe, a universe idealized where purity and simplicity are very naturally noble and elegant.