Tete de femme (also called 'Figure') by Marie Laurencin

Tete de femme (also called Figure) by Marie Laurencin

Tete de femme (also called 'Figure')

Marie Laurencin

Title

Tete de femme (also called 'Figure')

 
Artist
Year
1920  
Technique
lithograph 
Image Size
8 3/4 x 6" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
one of 10 proofs, aside from published edition of 30 
Annotations
In pencil on verso: "Figure / 20597" 
Reference
Machesseau 53 
Paper
buff wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
22428 
Price
Price On Request 
Description

Another impression of this rare Modernist lithograph was included in a Swann auction title "The Armory Show at 100" on November 5, 2013 and was described as a "color lithograph". The image appears to have been printed with a green-gray ink, whereas this proof is printed in black and gray. The composition is done using sweeping strokes and the use of "Notan", the balance of light and dark.

This impression was purchased on May 9, 1927 at: 'The Print Rooms, Inc. / High Class Engravings and Etchings / 510 Sutter Street / San Francisco'.

Galerie Alfred Flechtheim did a highly successful exhibition of her work in Berlin in 1921 which featured a number of her prints that were done in 1920, likely created in anticipation of the exhibition.

Laurencin showed an affinity with Cubism in the way she broke down figures and objects into abstract shapes and surfaces and was close friends with the protagonists of this movement, George Braque and Pablo Picasso. That same year she sent her first works to the Salon des Indépendants and in 1912 exhibited in La Section d’Or at the Galerie Barbazanges.