Marie Laurencin

(French, 1883 - 1956)


“Why should I paint dead fish, onions and beer glasses? Girls are so much prettier.”

- Marie Laurencin


French painter and sculpture Marie Laurencin was born in Paris, and lived there most of her life. When she was 18 she studied porcelain painting in Sèvres, then returned to Paris where she furthered her education at the Académie Humbert and began to focus on oil painting. During the early 20th century, Laurencin became an important figure in the Parisian avante-garde. She was a member of Pablo Picasso’s circle, and other cubist artists.

Laurencin is recognized as one of the few female Cubist painters. Her work contains influences of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, however her approach still remains unique and individual to abstraction. During the World War I, Laurencin was exiled from France due to her marriage to German-born husband, Baron Otto von Waëtjen. Thereafter the couple lived together briefly in Düsseldorf. They later divorced in 1920, and Laurencin returned to Paris.

The airy, ethereal pastel paintings achieved financial success, until the economic depression in the 1930s. During this time she worked as an art instructor at a private school. She remained in Paris until her death at 72 years of age. Her work has been honored in many exhibitions, and continues to keep her legacy.

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