Renoir to Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris
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The Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris
Who was Paul Guillaume?
The Artists
Henri Rousseau: An Interactive Story
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Claude Monet
Paul Cézanne
Henri Rousseau
Henri Matisse
Amedeo Modigliani
Chaim Soutine
Marie Laurencin
Maurice Utrillo
André Derain
Pablo Picasso
National Gallery of Victoria
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Marie Laurencin
(1883–1956)

 

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Marie Laurencin - Portrait of Mademoiselle Chanel

 Marie Laurencin
 Portrait of Mademoiselle Chanel,
 1923
 Oil on canvas
 92.0 x 73.0cm
 Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris
 © Photo RMN J.G. Berizzi
 © Marie Laurencin, 1923/ADAGP.
 Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney 2001

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Laurencin studied porcelain painting at the Sèvres factory before studying painting at the Académie Humbert in Paris, where she met Georges Braque and Francis Picabia. She exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants in 1907. Through Picasso she was introduced to the poet Guillaume Apollinaire, and their intimate relationship was to last several years. She was associated with the circle of radical avant-garde artists based around the tenement building known as the Bateau-Lavoir and she was present at the banquet held there by Picasso in honour of Rousseau in 1908. Laurencin became known for her dreamy, delicate figurative paintings of feminine subjects, which seem unaffected by the modern movement's revolutionary zeal.

 

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