LAURENCIN, MARIE. (1883-1956). French painter notable as one of the few female cubist painters. Signed watercolor. (“Marie Laurencin”). 1p. Folio (11” x 14½”). N.p., N.d. A bright and engaging watercolor of an attractive young woman wearing a purple dress standing in front of a piano against a green background, signed in the lower right corner. Likely the final study for the illustration “Marguerite followed every note on the music, accompanying it in a low voice,” printed opposite page 65 in the Limited Editions Club edition of Alexandre Dumas’ Camille (1937).
A Magnificent Original Watercolor Used for the 1937 Limited Editions Club Publication of “Camille,” by Alexandre Dumas fils
Signed by Marie Laurencin
Initially trained in porcelain painting, Laurencin turned to oil painting and became a member of the Parisian avant-garde. Her fauvist style was eventually tempered by her association with the cubists and the Section d’Or. She exhibited her work alongside Pablo Picasso, Robert Delaunay, Francis Picabia, and participated in the groundbreaking New York Armory Show of 1913. Her romantic involvement with poet and art critic Guillaume Apollinaire led to each inspiring the other’s artistic endeavors.
Beginning in 1910, Laurencin’s subjects consisted mainly of willowy females painted in grey and pink pastel tones. “Laurencin developed her own aesthetic, favouring escapist imagery in pastel hues that was at once decorative and radical in its embrace of feminine tropes. The artist, throughout her life, embraced the ambiguous and the ephemeral, creating a body of work that offers a confident and self-sufficient vision of female affection and creativity,” (“Marie Laurencin,” https://www.theartstory.org/artist/laurencin-marie/).
Some light creasing and wear including a somewhat visible crease in the lower right corner that affects one letter of her boldly penned signature.