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A Jewish Childhood- Musee Marmottan Monet Marie Laurencin Retrospective Part 2
Sunday, 28 July 2013 17:37

In 1925 Marie Laurencin hires a twenty year-old maid, Suzanne Moreau, who also became her lover. She adopted Susanne Moreau in 1954, whom she shared the simple pleasures of friendship and love. It was she who oversaw Marie Laurencin's funeral. She is buried in Pere Lachaise and I add her to the list to be honored in my visit next year.

Many of Marie Laurencin's paintings contain a dog, or cat or horse, or bird. Portraits of that period feature two women in interior settings, or often alone with their pets, a feline, a cheval. The painting with the horse was considered strong and iconic and marked her identity as a woman artist.

I find her work fascinating. La Danse, with funny fluffy white dog, 1921, portrait of Jean Cocteau. Diana a la Chase, 1921, Le Fete au Chateau, all women avec two dogs. It is impossible to say much more without having the catalog in front of you. To say that she created a large body of work with almost two thousand oil paintings, watercolors, three thousand engravings, as well as numerous theater sets. Click here: Marie Laurencin Exhibition at the Musee Marmottan Monet in Paris-France fr

It is important to note that in 1908 Gertrude Stein bought GROUP OF ARTISTS owned by the Baltimore Museum of Art. Picasso and Fernando Olivier pose with Marie Laurencin and Apollinaire. It is the first version of APOLLINAIRE AND HIS FRIENDS.

Marie Lauencin submitted to the Salon des Independants in 1907 where she meets Picasso who introduces her to Guillaume Apollinaire.

Some feel that the work is between Cubism and Art Deco.

In one of Apollinaire's poems he says, "She has the childlike face of those who are born to cause suffering."

Marie Laurencin seems to have found a gentleness, understanding and consolation in the company of women.

I find it interesting when Marie Laurencin writes in a letter to one of her lovers, "I cannot be without a dog or a lover."

So if any of this has piqued your interest, do go further with your exploration of the work of Marie Laurencin. If I ever go to Tokyo, I will do one of two things: have sushi at Hiro's Sushi Restaurant in the metro, and visit the Marie Laurencin Museum, the only one devoted to her work.

Thanks for reading my Jewish Childhood Blog. See you next time.