Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris

Columbus Museum of Art

Located in Lower Level Walter Wing
 
On view April 5–August 18, 2024

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Exhibition Description

Beginning in the early 20th century, French artist Marie Laurencin (1883–1956) created a unique pictorial world that placed women at the center of modern art. With a highly original painting style that defied categorization, she moved seamlessly between the male-dominated cubist avant-garde, lesbian literary and artistic circles, and the realms of fashion, ballet, and decorative arts.

This exhibition explores Laurencin’s career, from her self-portraits to her collaborative decorative projects; from her early cubist paintings to her signature work—feminine and discreetly queer—that defined 1920s Paris. Presenting 38 works by Laurencin, it examines how her visualization of a “sapphic modernity” subtly but radically challenges existing narratives of modern European art.

Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris is organized by the Barnes Foundation and curated by Simonetta Fraquelli, consultant curator, and Cindy Kang, curator at the Barnes.
 

Marie Laurencin, Woman Painter and Her Model (Femme peinte et son modèle), 1921. Oil on canvas. François Odermatt Collection. © Fondation Foujita / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 2023

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