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.

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Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris

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Related Programming

Installation of Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris by Luke Stettner

Wednesdays@2: 20th Century Times of the Avant-garde
August 14, 2:00–3:00 PM

Dr. Maria Torija of BalletMet will explore the world of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes through artistic, sociopolitical, and cultural perspectives, focusing particularly on the collaboration between Marie Laurencin and Bronislava Nijinska, the first female choreographer, in the ballet Les Biches.

Tickets are free for members, $10 for nonmembers.


About Dr. Maria Torija
Dr. Maria Torija, the Academy Director at BalletMet, was born in Madrid, Spain. Dr. Torija began her ballet studies with Lola de Avila, Luis Fuentes and Carmen Roche. At the age of thirteen, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study for three years at the School of American Ballet in New York. After a short stint with the Ballet Nacional de España Clásico, she began her 20-year career as a dancer with the Deutsche Oper Berlin ballet company, currently the Staatsballett Berlin. During her time in Berlin, Maria performed in solo and principal roles in numerous classic ballets, including works choreographed by George Balanchine, Maurice Bejart, John Neumeier, William Forsythe, John Cranko, Jiri Kilian and Kenneth McMillan among others.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ballet Teaching, and graduated summa cum laude with a Master’s and PhD in Performing Arts from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, in Madrid. She also has an extensive teaching resume. Beginning with the Opera Ballet of Deutsche Oper Berlin, she has served as a faculty member at the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz, Dresden. Maria has participated in seminars and has been invited to teach classes throughout Europe, Japan and Hong Kong and the United States.

Thank You to Our Supporters

Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris is presented by the Charles Kleibacker Endowed Fund for Excellence

Generous support is also provided by

Additional funding is provided by
Annegreth Nill
Nanette Solomon

The following donors are gratefully acknowledged for supporting both Robin F. Williams: We’ve Been Expecting You and Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris

A donor who wishes to remain anonymous
Carol Andreae and Jim Garland
Beth Crane and Richard McKee
Betsy and Brian Ross

Carol and Dave Aronowitz
Felicia Bernardini
Kiehner Johnson Family Fund
Peggy and Bob Walter
Seanna and Matt Walter
John Wirchanski

A donor who wishes to remain anonymous
Lucy Ackley and Robert Collier
Ben Addison
Ron and Louisa Green
Mary Lazarus
Gabriel J. Mastin
Peg Mativi
Mary Ellen Ryan
Members of Stonewall Trailblazers

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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