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

 

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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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In 1923 Laurencin was working on the costumes and sets for Les Biches (The Does) performed by Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Coco Chanel, who was creating costumes for the same company's Le Train Bleu at the time, asked the artist to paint her portrait. Laurencin painted Chanel in a languid pose draped in blue and black with one shoulder bare. The fluid lines, subtly shifting colours and the sitter's dreamy expression are typical of Laurencin's work, but Chanel – designer of ‘the little black dress’ and the Chanel suit – turned the painting down, saying it did not look like her.

 

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© copyright 2001, The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Australia

 

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