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About the Presentation
Nahmad Contemporary will present paintings from the 1920s and 30s by Marie Laurencin (1883-1956), illuminating her distinct artistic language within the male-dominated avant-garde circles of early 20th-century Paris. Laurencin began her career exhibiting alongside the Cubists Georges Braque, Fernand Léger, and Pablo Picasso. Against the prevailing tendency towards abstraction, however, she distinguished herself by a resolute commitment to figuration and a profound celebration of modern femininity. Her mature style, depicting exclusively female protagonists in a reduced pastel palette, emerged in 1921 when she returned to Paris following a period of wartime exile. Ahead of a major retrospective at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris (October 22, 2023 – January 21, 2024), this solo presentation seeks to foster a new appreciation for Laurencin’s unique and under-recognized contribution to modern art.
About the Gallery
Founded in 2013, Nahmad Contemporary is dedicated to the presentation of innovative, historically focused exhibitions. The gallery specializes in leading Contemporary artists who rose to prominence during the 1980s, and a selection of Modern masters from the 20th century. The scope of Nahmad Contemporary’s program includes exhibitions that historicize Contemporary artists by illuminating a distinct series, medium, or focus within their oeuvre. Additionally, the gallery features Modern masters to inspire contemporary perspectives on particular works from their canon.
Marie Laurencin in the studio, 1948, © Michel Sima / Bridgeman Images
Marie Laurencin, Deux femmes au rideau (Two Women at the Curtain), 1924, oil on canvas, 28.88 x 21.38 inches, © Fondation Foujita / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 2023, courtesy of Nahmad Contemporary