French avant-garde artist Marie Laurencin spent most of her life in Paris, France. Just after the turn of the century in 1901, her mother sent her to Sèvres just outside of Paris to begin studying porcelain painting. Shortly thereafter, Laurencin returned to Paris to study at the Académie Humbert where she met artist Georges Braque. While heavily influenced by Cubism during that period she developed her only distinctive lyrical creative style. Laurencin became affiliated with other Cubists such as Pablo Picasso, Jean Metzinger, Robert Delaunay and Francis Picabia and together they exhibited at both the Société des Artistes Indépendants followed by the Salon d’Automne between 1910 and 1912. Laurencin also did book illustrations such as André Gide’s “La Tentative Amoureuse” and Lewis Caroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.” as well as design stage sets in Paris during the 1920’s.
By the 1930’s, Laurencin had become a highly acclaimed artist. She took up teaching in Paris where she spent the remainder of her life following the economic downturn of the recession. She passed away in 1956 at the age of seventy-two due to natural causes. The Musée Marie Laurencin was opened in 1983 in Japan to commemorate what would have been her 100th birthday containing her personal archives, poetry, writing, notes, sketches and more than 500 pieces of her work.