Femme au Foulard (Trumeau Pour La Maison Cubiste / III), c. 1912
oil on canvas
46.3 x 38.1 cm Image: 45.6 x 32.6 cm
Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Bequest of Elva I. Bulgin
Before turning to her formal studies in painting, Marie Laurencin studied porcelain painting in Sèvres. Upon her return to her native Paris, she enrolled at the Académie Humbert. There she met the painter Georges Braque, who introduced her to several members of the avant-garde artistic community including Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Juan Gris, and her future companion, the poet Guillaume Apollinaire. Many of these artists were working in the Cubist style, which Laurencin subsequently embraced, and from 1909 to 1913 she exhibited alongside the most recognized Cubist artists in France. As one of the few women artists working in the Cubist style, Laurencin viewed herself as somewhat detached from her male associates and their particular ideas and pursuits in painting. Throughout her life she continued to explore themes associated with femininity and the depiction of the female form.