Original etching on Auvergne paper. Initialed in the plate, "ML" lower right. This impression is the 5th plate of 11 from the portfolio "Du Cubisme." This portfolio is number 31 from the edition of 35 on Auvergne paper, aside from an edition of 400 on pur fil Lana paper and 20 collaborators' copies with Roman numerals. Published in 1947, and printed by La Companie Française des Arts Graphiques. In excellent condition.
Platemark: 7" x 5 1/8"; Sheet size: 10" x 7 7/16"
Du Cubisme, a portfolio of graphic interpretations of Cubism, was initiated and assembled by Albert Gleizes and Jean Metzinger. Although the prints for this portfolio were done in the teens of the 20th century, they were not published together until the 1947, possibly because before then the works had not yet been assimilated. The portfolio features eleven intaglio prints, including three by the founding fathers of the Cubist movement, Picasso, Braque, and Gris, and other works by artists who were influenced by the movement, including Gleizes, Picabia, Villon, Derain, Metzinger, Léger, Duchamp, and Marie Laurencin. The diverse directions of each print in the portfolio shows the creative and liberating effects of Cubism among the artists of this group, as well as a fusion of Cubist ideals with each artist’s own style.
Born on October 31, 1883 in Paris, the young Marie Laurencin was sent to Sèvres by her mother in 1901, where she got familiar with porcelain painting. Her education continued at a school in Paris, followed by the Humbert academy, where Marie Laurencin got acquainted with Georges Braque. She soon met Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire, who supported her from this time on and integrated her in discussions about art theory, which soon lead to Cubism. The artist's own creative work, however, remained untouched by such theoretical demands; it shows mainly lyrical motifs like graceful, dreamy young girls in pastel coloring and soft shading. This color-sensitive inventiveness leads to a variation of repetitions of form and motifs. The influence of Persian miniature painting and Rococo art are undeniable in Laurencin's works. In 1907 Marie Laurencin gave her debut at the "Salon des Indépendants," followed by a large exhibition at Barbazanges' in 1912 and at P. Rosenberg's in 1920. From 1924 Laurencin also worked on designing stage sets. She produced stage design for Diaghilev's "Ballets russe" and the set for the "Comédie Francaise" in 1928. She also illustrated books, such as André Gide's "La Tentative Amoureuse" and Lewis Caroll's "Alice in Wonderland."