Marie Laurencin a French painter,
became one of the few women
connected with the Cubist
movement, a male dominated group
of artists like many of the other
art movements through history.
Ms. Laurenin started out being educated as a
porcelain painter later deciding
to focus on oil painting studying
in Paris at the Académie Humbert.
She became close friends with
Picasso and had an association
with the Cubists of the Section d'Or.
The Cubist movement began to explore
three dimensional form and brought
both sculpture and painting forward
while pushing the limits of traditional
Laurencin was influenced by Braque
as well as Pablo Picasso two close
friends, and tended to focus on representing
groups of women in her painting.
This painting I saw at the Philadelphia
Museum recently and I loved the
abstract quality to it combined with
a very feminine motif which caught
my eye. I think it clearly represents
a Cubist influence although her
palette is somewhat more subdued
and pastel in nature.
Clearly she was a renegade at this
time and someone who assisted in
paving the way for other women artists
to come. Learn more HERE.