LAURENCIN, Marie (artist, 1883-1956). Jeune Fille à la Guitare [hand-coloured etching]. Circa 1946.
Hand-coloured etching on vélin fort, signed in the plate, image size 170 x 196mm, behind ivory-coloured mount and presented in a deeply-recessed carved and gilded wooden frame, frame size 452 x 555mm; very good and fresh.
Jeune Fille à la Guitare (Marechesseau 238) is characteristic of Laurencin's mannered and soulful style: "Why should I paint dead fish, onions and beer glasses? Girls are so much prettier".
Marie Laurencin was at the forefront of the avant-garde art scene in France in the early and mid-twentieth century and involved with a circle of intellectuals which included Gertrude Stein, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, who were her friends, and Guillaume Apollinaire who, famously, became her lover. Her close association with the Cubists led her to develop her distinctive style defined by simplified volumes and arabesque lines.