Marie Laurencin Wall Art

Marie Laurencin (1883 - 1956) was born in Paris. She was raised by her mother and lived much of her life doing works of art. At 18, her mother sent her to Sèvres where she studied porcelain painting. When she returned to Paris she continued with her art education at the Académie Humbert, where oil painting became her main focus. She then proceeded to the Humbert academy, where she got acquainted with Georges Braque. Soon she met Guillaume Apollinaire and Picasso, who integrated her in discussions about art theory and supported her from this time on. This relationship soon led to Cubism. However, Marie’s creative work remained unaffected by such theoretical demands. She liked to think independently and his art shows mainly lyrical motifs like pensive young girls in soft shading and pastel coloring. This inventiveness is color-sensitive and leads to a variation of repetitions of motifs and form.

The influence of Persian Rococo art and miniature painting are undeniable in her works. From 1924 Marie concentrated on designing stage sets. She also illustrated books, such as "Alice in Wonderland” and "La Tentative Amoureuse." She was an important figure in the Parisian avant-garde during the early years of the 20th century. She was a member of both the Cubists of the Section d'Or and the circle of Pablo Picasso. She exhibited her art at the Salon des Indépendants from 1910 to 1911 and at the Salon d'Automne from 1911 to 1912). She also had important connection to the famed lesbian writer Natalie Clifford Barney and the salon of the American expatriate. Marie had lesbian and heterosexual affairs.

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