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The Arts Intel Report

A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris

Marie Laurencin, Women in the Forest (Femmes dans la forêt), 1920.

Oct 22, 2023 – Jan 21, 2024
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130, United States

Born in Paris in 1883, the artist Marie Laurencin was a lifelong Parisian, despite leaving town at 18 to study porcelain painting in Sèvres, and then later living in Spain during W.W. I. Her chosen subject was women, and her style was a self-developed fusion of Cubism, Orphism, and the rhythms of antiquity, often painted in uniquely powdery colors. Laurencin was very much a part of the artistic and cultural life of her day; she designed for the ballet and painted the portraits of powerful women such as Coco Chanel and Helena Rubinstein. Laurencin was married to a Baron (they divorced in 1921), and was the lover of both the poet Guillaume Apollinaire and the fashion designer Nicole Groult. With more than 50 works on view, this major exhibition pays special attention to the “discreetly queer” subtext in Laurencin’s paintings and how it fits into European art of her time. —Laura Jacobs

Photo: © Fondation Foujita/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2023