LAURENCIN, Marie (artist, 1883-1956). Petite fille [hand-coloured etching].

LAURENCIN, Marie (artist, 1883-1956). Petite fille [hand-coloured etching].

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LAURENCIN, Marie (artist, 1883-1956). Petite fille [hand-coloured etching]. Circa 1970.

Untitled hand-coloured etching on ivory-coloured stock depicting a young beribboned and bonneted girl, with cascading blond hair, presented demi-profil a droite, plate size 70 x 85mm, unsigned, window-mounted with wide borders with a deep gilded bevel, set behind a forest green matte, presented in a gilt-metal frame; frame size 360 x 455mm; very good and fresh.
Variously known as "Fillette aux Yeux Vertes" or "Le Chapeau sur les Yeux", this well-loved print, here in a posthumous impression dating from the 1960s or '70s, is characteristic of the artist's subject matter. Marie Laurencin invariably chose to portray women, especially young women, in a distinctive and immediately recognisable mannered style.
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 association with the Cubists led her to develop her distinctive style defined by simplified volumes and arabesque lines.

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